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Space: First talking robo-astronaut sends greetings from space

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September 6, 2013 at 19:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Space: First talking robo-astronaut sends greetings from space

The first talking robot-astronaut, Kirobo, has delivered his first speech from space after reaching the International Space Station, on Friday. The little android was conceived to provide companionship to human astronauts during long missions in space.

His first words left no doubt about his social and language skills. He said: “On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all. Good morning on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world’s first talking robot-astronaut. Nice to meet you. Mirata, our backup crew member, is providing support on Earth. Mirata, please stand by, I will send now a photo to Earth.”

The little talking machine takes its name from the Japanese words “hope” and “robot”. It was designed by Toyota together with scientists from the University of Tokyo's Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Kirobo was sent to space on Wednesday, September 4.

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Space: First talking robo-astronaut sends greetings from space

The first talking robot-astronaut, Kirobo, has delivered his first speech from space after reaching the International Space Station, on Friday. The little android was conceived to provide companionship to human astronauts during long missions in space.

His first words left no doubt about his social and language skills. He said: “On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all. Good morning on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world’s first talking robot-astronaut. Nice to meet you. Mirata, our backup crew member, is providing support on Earth. Mirata, please stand by, I will send now a photo to Earth.”

The little talking machine takes its name from the Japanese words “hope” and “robot”. It was designed by Toyota together with scientists from the University of Tokyo's Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Kirobo was sent to space on Wednesday, September 4.

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