The European Space Agency (ESA) will soon send the robot CIMON to space where it will connect to the crew of the International Space Station ISS.

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CIMON stands for “Crew Interactive Mobile Companion” and it’s a spherical robot that will float around inside the weightless ISS. The idea behind CIMON is that it will give astronauts to ISS oral instructions when conducting certain experiments. At the moment, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, but ESA hopes that CIMON will help astronauts and make their work a little more efficient.

CIMON was developed by ESA in collaboration with Airbus and IBM.