A robotic surgeon is set to be tested aboard the International Space Station (ISS) – and could one day independently perform surgery on humans in space.
After years of support and sponsorship from NASA, scientists in Nebraska have developed a robot called MIRA, short for ‘miniaturized in vivo robotic assistant’.
In 2024, the miniature surgical robot will blast off towards the space station, where it will demonstrate its ability to cut simulated tissue.
Scientists claim it could one day repair an astronaut’s ruptured appendix during a mission to Mars, or remove shrapnel from a soldier injured by an explosive thousands of miles away.
The ISS (pictured) floats in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 254 miles. It flies around the world every 90 minutes, travelling at 5 miles…
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