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Kristin Lai

In addition to debuting it's Mars probe set for a 2020 launch, last week at Shanghai's 17th annual China International Industry Fair, one of the nation's top space industry contractors unveiled their newest space robot, named Xinhua.

Xiaotian, which translates to Little Sky, was unveiled by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., and people immediately noticed that this character took on a familiar design. Take a quick glance at and let us know if it looks like a certain major Marvel character.

Ring any bells? Maybe some Iron bells? Considering the red and gold coloring and light-up emblem in the center of his chest reminiscent of an arc reactor, it's pretty safe to say that this is more than just a coincidence.

Giving a nod to one of the coolest and scientifically apt superheroes is an exceptionally cool idea in my book. Given Tony Stark's successful trips into space, this design might bode well for Little Sky's future space travels.

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

According to the company, Little Sky "is able to cope with a harsh space environment and complex operational tasks of the new space robots. [And ] can be applied to future space station, manned moon landings, etc."

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

This all sounds like something Tony Stark could be proud of. Maybe we'll see Little Sky come to Iron Man's aid come Captain America: Civil War, in case he needs any space stations docked or some help with a moon landing or two? Okay, probably not.

Iron Man's next appearance will be in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War' on May 6, 2016.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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