TOKYO (AP) — Lonely astronauts on the International Space Station may soon be getting a devoted friend from Japan.
And for the folks back home, it will tweet.
Japan's space agency says it is considering putting a talking humanoid robot on the International Space Station to watch the mission while astronauts are asleep. It would also monitor their health and stress levels and communicate to Earth through the microblogging site Twitter.
The mission under consideration would be in 2013.
Japan doesn't have a manned space program on its own but its astronauts have been part of the space station crew. Japan also maintains a laboratory, called "Kibo," or Hope, on the space outpost.