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This Feb 2013 promo video for the Kibo Robot Project really builds the excitement for having a 13.4 inch tall robot astronaut in space… just in case that didn’t already sound exciting. (Turn on the translated captions!)

On August 9, 2013, an Astro Boy-inspired, talking robot named Kiroboa mix of Kibo, "hope" in Japanese, and robot — will arrive at the International Space Station on a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) supply ship.

Kirobo will work directly with JAXA engineer, astronaut, and human Koichi Wakata, who will take command of the ISS in November. The robot’s presence will also explore “how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods.” Among other functions, it is built with voice-, face-, and emotion- recognition technologies.

From PC Mag:

Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds for a robot to become an astronaut. Researchers had to subject Kirobo to a number of different tests to determine whether the robot would be suitable for its weightless mission, including thermal analysis testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing, and a test to determine whether the general background noise on board the Internal Space Station might otherwise interfere with the robot’s voice-recognition capabilities.

Tested and approved, Kirobo left Earth on a rocket that took off from Tanegashima Space Center on August 3rd.

There are more robot videos and astronaut videos in the archives.

Mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut Dr. Karen Nyberg picks up where Chris Hadfield left off by demonstrating another of life’s daily details in microgravityIn this video, she shows us how she washes her long hair on the International Space Station.

Follow Dr. Nyberg on Twitter, and then watch more videos about astronauts and the ISS.

(via laughingsquid)

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield's return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander Hadfield Videos from the International Space Station. Excellent watching all around.

Above: the most popular video on their list, Wringing out Water on the ISS - For Science. And a just-released bonus vid below, the Commander’s version of David Bowie’s 1969 Space Oddity:

It’s the first music video made in space.

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has made it a part of his five month mission to educate about space, science and the International Space Station through a series of videos about daily life in space. In this one, he shows us how astronauts sleep on the ISS.

In case you’ve missed any of his fascinating reports, he’s also shown us how to wash our hands, brush our teeth, how we use math in space, how microgravity effects the body — how eyesight is affected and how food tastes — as well as what it’s like to cry in space

Be sure to watch all of Commander Hadfield’s Expedition 34/35 videos.

Because 2,000 ping pong balls and 30 middle-school teachers floating in “zero gravity” isn’t something you see everyday, the kids should watch (or rewatch!) this 2010 ScienceBob video. From northropgrumman.com

Zero gravity flights are performed using a specially modified aircraft, an FAA approved aircraft called G-Force One. The maneuvers are conducted in dedicated airspace 100 miles long by 10 miles wide. Specially trained pilots fly the aircraft in a series of maneuvers called parabolas, or arcs, between the altitudes of 24,000 and 32,000 feet.

At the beginning of each parabola, the aircraft climbs at a 45-degree angle. At the “top” of the parabola, the aircraft is “pushed over” into a controlled descent that creates a temporary zero-gravity environment. The teacher flights include approximately 15 parabolas ranging from low-gravity environments typical of the moon (1/6th G) or Mars (1/3 G) to complete weightlessness. At the end of each “weightless” period, which lasts approximately 30 seconds, the aircraft is gradually pulled out of the descent, reestablishing a more normal gravity environment inside the plane.

Related videos: exploding ping pong balls and more gravity (or lack of it).

Thanks, @xraydj.