Kirobo, a Japanese ''robot astronaut''
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Japanese robot astronaut 'can talk to crew'

27 June 2013 Last updated at 05:45 BST

A Japanese ''robot astronaut'' has been designed to function in space and engage in conversation.

Kirobo can communicate with ground crew back on Earth.

The robot is scheduled to travel onboard a Japanese cargo spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station, due to be launched in early August.