Kirobo - fascinating!

Japan’s first robot astronaut - Kirobo - rockets to the International Space Station in August.
“The robot’s capabilities include voice and speech recognition, natural language processing, speech synthesis and telecommunications, as well as facial recognition and video recording. Kirobo is specially designed to navigate zero-gravity environments and will assist Commander Wakata in various experiments. Its main goal is to see how well robots and human can interact, hopefully leading the way to robots taking more active roles in assisting astronauts on missions.”