Super tool: Canada enshrines robot space arm in museum

Arm in arm: Astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman rides the Canadarm during a spacewalk on a 1993 Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

(Credit: NASA)

It was once described as a “glorified crane,” but was so much more than that.

Tireless cargo handler, astronaut platform, and critical inspection tool, the Canadarm was an essential component of NASA’s space shuttle fleet from 1981 to 2011.

This past week, it became a permanent exhibit at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

“This exhibit commemorates an important part of our history in space,” Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore said at a ceremony to unveil the exhibit. “The Canadarm is a symbol of our country’s ingenuity and expertise in space robotics. It has positioned Canada as a leader in space.”

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