Robot Astronaut Kirobo and astronaut Koichi Wakata made history when they had a conversation on the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2013. The conversation was the first of its kind between a human and a robot in outer space.
Kirobo arrived at the space station in early August. The pint-sized robot is equipped with voice-recognition software from Toyota.
The conversation represents the latest development in the Kibo Robot Project, a joint research project carried out by Dentsu, RCAST, Robo Garage and Toyota. JAXA is also providing extensive assistance.