Russia was the first people to put a man in space. America
was the first to put a man on the moon. Now Japan will be joining the list of
space fairing firsts. They are going to be the first nation to put a robot in
orbit. Not a remote controlled robot arm, but a real functional robot.
The robot, which is named Kirobo, is
like a very tiny human. The bot stands at about 13 inches tall, making it about
the size of a Barbie Doll. Though he is in no way likely to be confused with
that buxom figure. The Kirobo bot is black and white, with a snazzy pair of red
boots and a red mouth. His eyes have a wide, anime style, oval look.
Kirobo will be making
a trip to the International Space Station to spend some quality time with Koichi
Wakata, a Japanese astronaut. The bot will be there as a companion, as he is capable
of speech. Though all of this begs one question, what does an astronaut say to
a robot in space?
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