- 06.26.13 09:57 AM EDT
The first robot astronaut was unveiled on Wednesday and will make its first trip to the International Space Station in August. Nicknamed Kirobo, based on the Japanese word for hope, the machine will respond to voice commands from JAXA astronaut commander Koichi Wakata or anyone who speaks Japanese. Kirobo only communicates in one language but will also respond to directives from its Earth-bound counterpart Mirarta.
After its launch in August, Kirobo is set to return to Earth in December 2014.