Kirobo put through its paces on ISS

Dec 20, 2013

Kirobo put through its paces on ISS

The first humanoid robot in space with speech capability made small talk with astronaut Koichi Wakata and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the its developers Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the ...

2013: A space conundrum

Sep 15, 2013

2013: A space conundrum

by Joel Achenbach

Long ago, in a dreamier era, space stations were imagined as portals to the heavens. In the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the huge structure twirled in orbit, aesthetically sublime, a relaxing way station for astronauts heading to the moon. It featured a ...

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

Sep 5, 2013

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness. The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens ...