TODAY   |  December 20, 2013

Humanoid robot chats with astronaut in space

To give astronauts a companion while on missions in outer space, researchers have deigned a humanoid space robot to help alleviate loneliness. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports

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>> small talk in space is a big deal when it's a robot doing the talking. researchers released video of the first space robot chatting with a japanese astronaut aboard the space station . it is designed to serve as a companion during long lonely missions.

>> i wonder how good he is at making conversation. let's