R2’s human shape is not an attempt at above atmosphere anthropomorphism. He looks like a human only because he is designed to operate like one. Yet some might be forgiven for attributing characteristics to him that he doesn’t really possess. After all, R2 has a twitter account and he will be using this to keep us informed about his outer space escapades. Does this make him the first robot with a twitter account (answers on a postcard please)? You can find his Twitter account @AstroRobonaut.
Keep up to date with R2's Twitter feed here or click the image above.