Japanese robot destined for International Space Station

  • 26 June 2013
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Japanese robot destined for space

Designers in Japan have built a robot which they hope to send to space.

The talking robot, called Kirobo, has been developed to help astronauts working whilst in orbit.

Yorichika Nishijima, who worked on the project, said: "Russians were the first to go to space. Americans were the first to land on the moon.

"I want Japan to be the first to send a communication robot astronaut to space,"

If all goes to plan Kirobo will be joining the other astronauts on the International Space Station in August.