NASA celebrates three years of Astrobees buzzing on Space Station

Last Updated on May 26, 2022 by Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

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Frank Tavares states in the news article (

Three years ago a pair of robots were launched to the International Space Station to help pave the way for the future of robotics and autonomous systems in space. Those pioneers were Honey and Bumble, who were soon joined by a third companion called Queen, and together they make up the Astrobee free-flying robotic system. Robots like the Astrobees are essential components of NASA’s Artemis mission to deliver humans back to the Moon, before traveling to Mars and beyond.

Included with the article is a photo of NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough posing aboard the International Space Station with all three Astrobee robotic free-flyers.

Credits: NASA/Shane Kimbrough, Author: Frank Tavares, NASA’s Ames Research Center