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Service robotics is expected to be established in human households and environments within the next decades. Therefore, dexterous and flexible behavior of these systems as well as guaranteeing safe interaction are crucial for that progress. We address these issues in terms of control strategies for the whole body of DLR's humanoid Justin. Via impedance control laws, we enable the robot to realize main tasks compliantly while, at the same time, taking care of aspects like physical limitations and collision avoidance with its own structure and the environment autonomously. The controller provides a natural redundancy resolution between the arms, the torso and the wheeled platform. A low-dimensional task space interface is proposed that can be used by planning tools. Thereby, planning time can be saved significantly. Experimental results on DLR's Justin are presented to validate our approach.