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    A tiny robot on the space station will simulate remote-controlled surgery.

    A tiny robot on the space station will simulate remote-controlled surgery.





    The robot is small in size but its aspirations are out of this world literally.


    MIRA, which stands for miniaturized in vivo robotic assistant, recently became the first surgical robot at the International Space Station.


    The tiny robot, which weighs about 2 pounds, arrived at the space station on Feb. 1. Over the next few weeks, the robotic assistant will practice operating in zero gravity.


    Developers plan to use MIRA to conduct a surgical simulation via remote-controlled technology, with a surgeon directing its movements 250 miles awayfrom Nebraska.


    "The tasks mimic surgical tissue with tension that allows a dissection to be performed," a University of Nebraska release explained. The robot "will use its left arm to grasp, and its right arm to cut, much like a human surgeon in a hospital operating room."

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