In the narrow confines of the International Space Station
, every cubic inch counts, but that won't necessarily keep NASA from building a rec room. When the Leonardo Pressurized Multipurpose Module (PMM) launches in September 2010, NASA is considering turning it into a internet-connected "man cave" isolated and quiet enough for astronauts to tweet in privacy. The connection's nothing special -- science officer T.J. Creamer compared it to that of a 14.4K modem
capable of only tweets, text articles and basic browsing -- but Universe Today
reports that they will also have a robotic servant, the Robonaut 2
, to play with. Imagine a cramped world without fresh water
or YouTube, but where you can program a state-of-the-art robot to perform monotonous tasks... We think that's a fair tradeoff, don't you?
[Thanks, Robert P.]