Robot astronaut Kirobo utters first words in space (video)

Last month, as expected, robot astronaut Kirobo uttered the first words spoken by a robot in outer space. Yesterday, via the PR agency that helped sponsor his journey, we found out what he said (translated from Japanese):

“On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all.”

See the video below:

Kirobo’s next milestone is expected to occur when astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency arrives at the International Space Station to take part in the world’s first outer space “conversation experiment” between a person and a robot. Wakata will arrive in November or December to participate in the initiative, which was designed to explore the dynamics of humans coexisting with robots.

For more on Kirobo and his planned schedule, click here: Robot space traveler blasts off for International Space Station

[ photo / video courtesy of Dentsu Inc. ]