A task force reporting to the Japanese Prime Minister has established a goal of landing a two-legged robot on the moon around 2020, according to
But Japan has an ongoing, serious interest in building humanoid robots for all kinds of applications, and the idea of a robo-astronaut isn't new or outlandish. So which one will be the first to walk on the moon? Perhaps the HRP-4C fashion robot, recently unveiled by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Or maybe Honda's Asimo, which (who?) can run at 4 mph, climb stairs, and kick a soccer ball, among other skills. Plus, he already has a backpack.
Ah, but can he moonwalk and sing at the same time?