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BB-8 gets a glimpse of life on Mars at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Watch BB-8 meet up with a replica of NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Everyone’s favorite ball droid got a tour of the lab, giving us a look at how NASA engineers build robots that can thrive on the dusty surface of other planets. We also get to see how Curiosity takes its famous selfies.
BB-8 was basically designed to be as cute and lovable as possible, but this NASA video is a strong reminder that it’s super easy to get attached to any robot, even if they look like a jumble of exposed engine parts. We expect some cute BB-8/Curiosity fanart any day now.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.