"A unique experiment by astronaut Bob Thirsk while aboard the International Space Station could someday help Canadian robots roam on distant planets.
He is scheduled to fly to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft that launches from Kazakhstan on May 27.
Thirsk will operate a little rover-type vehicle nicknamed "Red" which is parked and waiting for his commands in a backlot of the Canadian Space Agency, south of Montreal.
The Canadian astronaut will manipulate it by remote control from the station and conduct several weeks worth of experiments with the robot, which looks like a thick suitcase on wheels."
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