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Exoskeleton Could Help Astronauts Run A Marathon In Space NASA has built a robot exoskeleton called X1 in conjunction with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems, that helps astronauts exercise in space, and paraplegics walk on earth. The 57-pound device is designed to be worn over their body to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints. X1 has 10 degrees of freedom, or joints — four motorized joints at the hips and the knees, and six passive joints that allow for sidestepping, turning and pointing, and flexing a foot. There also are multiple adjustment points, allowing the X1 to be used in many different ways. In the inhibit mode, X1 would be used as an exercise machine to provide resistance against leg movement in space’s zero-gravity environment; the very same technology could be used in reverse on Earth by helping some people walk. The suit is currently in a research and development phase.

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