This is Kirobo. A 34cm-tall talking robot… and an astronaut. Kirobo’s hitching a ride to the International Space Station (2013) with a Japanese cargo transporter called the KOUNOTORI4. He’s going to chill for a month or so until Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives on the ISS in November for Expedition 38 and Expedition 39. Then they’ll be doing the first astronaut-robot communication studies in space. Kirobo was created by the Kobi Robot Project to study human-robot interaction.
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