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Japan to Launch Talking Robot Into Space

Kirobo's name comes from a combination of the Japanese word for hope, "kibo," and the word "robot." Officials from the project chose the name from the more than 2,452 entries submitted by interested fans of the project. Image posted June 27, 20

Japan set to launch talking robot into space


— a humanoid "robot astronaut" that can converse with humans in space

and on the ground — is scheduled for launch to the International Space

Station on Aug. 4. -