Published: July 10, 2014

Researchers have crafted the first generation of a robot that is a gardener and butler all in one. The Remotely Operated Gardening Rover (ROGR) will tend plants placed throughout any space station, taking care of menial tasks while astronauts focus on more important objectives.

ROGR is part of the University of Colorado's (CU) larger solution to NASA's eXploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

"We're hoping to take advantage of what these and other students are developing and use it in future space missions," Tracy Gill, NASA's technology strategy manager at the Kennedy Space Center, explained in a press release. "This program is an opportunity to engage university teams in helping us develop new concepts."

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