Nexus S today became a part of history, by joining NASA’s final space shuttle. Space shuttle Atlantis has embarked on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida hours ago and Nexus S is aboard this shuttle.
What will Nexus S do on the space shuttle?
Nexus S from Google is part of research that will equip small, free-flying satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) used by the astronauts to provide a broader range of capabilities and give better communication between land and sky. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone certified by NASA to fly on the space shuttle and to be cleared for use on the International Space Station. The experiment will use the smartphone-enhanced SPHERES as remotely operated robots to conduct interior survey and inspections of the station, to capture mobile camera images and video, and to study how robots can support future human exploration.