The robot is meant to assist the human crew members with tasks, provide some entertainment and boost morale. The ESA video shows Gerst’s first interactions with the machine, and some of them are a little strange.
It starts off innocently enough with CIMON responding politely to Gerst’s commands. The robot engages in small talk. Gerst asks it to play his favorite song, which turns out to be “The Man-Machine” by German electronic band Kraftwerk.