A 3D-printed plastic sphere CIMON has been designed to test human-machine interaction in space. CIMON is described as a ‘mobile and autonomous assistance system’ and is designed to float around the station and help answer astronauts’ questions. CIMON has made its official debut successfully interacting with a crew member.The new faceESA has been welcomed by the astronaut AlexanderGerst to the Columbus laboratory. Gerst introducing himself, where he comes from and what he can do, CIMON tests his free-flying abilities, helps Alexander with a procedure and even plays Alexander’s favourite song ‘man machine’ by kraftwerk. The CIMON likes the music and doesn’t want to stop.Gerst and CIMON will experiment with crystals, work together to solve the Rubik’s cube and perform a complex medical experiment using CIMON as an ‘intelligent’ flying camera. Airbus built the $6 million, medicine ball-sized, ‘flying brain’ robot under a contract awarded by the German aerospace center (DLR) and uses artificial intelligence software by IBM Watson. Researchers at Ludwig Maximilians university clinic in Munich had overseen its scientific aspects. 12 internal fans are used to allow it to move in multiple directions while floating in the microgravity conditions of space. It can display instructions on its screen, capture video, play music, and even search for objects on board. Both CIMON’s developers and Alexander are happy with his initial outing. This could mark the beginning of exciting collaboration between astronauts, robotic assistants and possible future artificial intelligence in space.