Japan's wide-eyed Kirobo android has become the first robot to ever speak from outer space.
The miniature astronaut\'s launch in to the final frontier was met with rapturous applause as well-wishers across Japan gathered to show their support. Now aboard the International Space Station, Kirobo\'s debut has been marked by a special broadcast as it spoke its first words in space.
"From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race." -- Jean de la Bruyere 1645-1696.