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Videos: BB-8 Hangs With His Robot Friends At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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BB-8 visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge this week to chill with all the other cool space robots. This was an appropriate stop for BB-8—the cutest new character in the latest Star Wars films—given that JPL is NASA's center for robotic exploration of other worlds.

BB-8 was looking a little dusty—I suspect it's pretty tough to get clean after a visit to the planet Jakku. But the folks at NASA gave him a credential, and invited him into the clean room where engineers build robots and prepare them for space exploration. BB-8 posed for photos with some of the models for NASA's missions to Mars and Jupiter.

Here is BB-8 getting credentialed:

You never know who you will bump into on the JPL campus (and there are signs warning you to be on the lookout):

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BB-8 was starstruck when he came face-to-face model of Curiosity, the rover that touched down on Mars in 2012:

And here he is hanging out with a model of Juno, which is expected to arrive at Jupiter this summer:

Where are you off to next, BB-8?

Why, watching NASA's 7 Minutes Of Terror, a video depicting the harrowing touchdown of the Curiosity on Mars. We don't speak droid, but we think it liked it!