We’ve told you about Kirobo before; he’s a 13.4-inch tall humanoid robot inspired by Astro Boy, is surprisingly cute, and is mostly not terrifying. Kirobo accompanied Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakada to the International Space Station, where he was to function as a conversational partner, and it seems like he’s actually pulling it off.
Kirobo only speaks Japanese, and his first words in space were, “On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all.” The best part: he also says them while dancing like he’s Sailor Moon, about to face-off against a minion of the Negaverse.
- Here’s when we first found out about Kirobo
- And here’s when he was launched into space
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