Who could forget the historical moment when man took their first step onto the moon? Well, we are now on the cusp of another historical event, as Japan intends to help robot-kind take a giant leap by sending what is deemed to be the world’s first talking robot into space, allowing the Kirobo robot to carry out a conversation with a human, who is also in space, later this summer. After all, being stuck in space can be quite the lonely experience if you are an old hand at it, but an electronic companion doesn’t sound too hot either.

The Kirobo robot measures 13” in height, and will arrive in black and white shades alongside large oval eyes and a small red mouth. Since Russia is the first country to go to space, and the US was the first to put man on the moon, Japan intends to achieve its own first by sending a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans.

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