Watch what the Nexus S smartphone can do in space

Smartphones are set to take on the next space frontier, becoming the brains behind the robots.

Google sent two Samsung-made Nexus S smartphones into space on the last manned space shuttle, Atlantis, to see how the devices would fare in zero gravity.

The goal of the smartphone mission was to use the "Nexus S on the International Space Station to explore how robots can help humans experiment and live in space more efficiently."

"The phones help the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage. In the future, the phones will control and maneuver the SPHEREs [satellites] using the IOIO board and possibly the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK)," said Google.

The Nexus S smartphones were not the only handsets to head up into space; the smartphones were joined by two iPhone 4s aboard the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis.

Learn more about the project on NASA’s website and download the Android application NASA used to complete the experiments from the Android Market.

Watch the Nexus S controlling SPHEREs in space on this YouTube video.

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