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Japan to Launch Talking Robot Into Space

Kirobo will take part in the first robot-to-human conversation with veteran Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata when they are both onboard the space station in December 2013. Kirobo will launch on Aug. 4, 2013. Image posted June 27, 2013.

Japan set to launch talking robot into space


— a humanoid "robot astronaut" that can converse with humans in space

and on the ground — is scheduled for launch to the International Space

Station on Aug. 4. - Space.com