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In 2024, NASA will send a small surgical robot from Nebraska to the International Space Station.

The tiny, two-pound robot will be able to perform surgeries on the space station that would normally require a surgeon’s expertise and much larger equipment. The surgical robot can operate more or less on its own, performing complex procedures at the flip of a switch.

The device, developed by Nebraska-based Virtual Incision, is a significant step toward making it possible for surgeons to operate remotely — whether their patients are in deep space or on a battlefield halfway around the world.



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