If life in space ever gets lonely, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have something new to talk to.

A new video shows the first humanoid robot in space making small talk with a Japanese astronaut. In footage released by the robot's developers Friday, the robot Kirobo performs its first mission on the station — talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata to test its conversation function.

Wakata says he's glad to meet Kirobo, and asks the robotic companion how it feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.

“I'm used to it now, no problem at all,” Kirobo quips.

Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to form an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions.

Kirobo took off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center for the International Space Station this summer aboard a space cargo transporter. Experiments with Kirobo will continue until it returns to Earth at the end of 2014.



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