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'Robot astronaut' launched to ISS

4 August 2013 Last updated at 00:53 BST

A Japanese ''robot astronaut'' has set off for the International Space Station (ISS).

Kirobo can talk to the other astronauts on the ISS and also the ground crew back on earth.

He will be joined by a Japanese astronaut who will lead the team aboard the space station for the first time later this year.

Tim Allman reports.