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Canadarm had a 'bothersome problem'

The Canadarm robot has boosted national pride and showcased Canadian technology for more than two decades. In space, the arm emblazoned with a Canada logo and flag first twitched to life aboard a shuttle in 1981. We look back at the arm grabbing errant satellites, helping fix the Hubble telescope and shaking hands with its robotic cousin, Canadarm2.

 A month after the arm's first flight, astronaut Richard Truly says a broken wire threatened to curtail testing of the arm.

Medium: Radio
Program: Quirks & Quarks
Broadcast Date: Dec. 19, 1981
Guest(s):
Host: Jan Tennant
Duration: 0:51

Last updated: December 6, 2012

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