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Robot and astronaut bid farewell on International Space Station

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Published on May 13, 2014

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata bids farwell to an unusual colleague, a robot named Kirobo, on the International Space Station.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata bid farwell to an unusual colleague, a robot named Kirobo, as the astronaut prepared to leave the International Space Station after a six month mission.

As part of his mission, Mr Wakata held experiments on robot-human conversations with Kirobo, the first talking humanoid in space.

Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses.

As Mr Wakata apologised for having to leave him behind, the robot replied, "I'll be alright, I'm a robot".

Mr Wakata finished his mission in space on Tuesday, during which he also served as the first Japanese commander aboard the space station.

Kirobo is scheduled to return to Earth at the end of this year and the two promised to speak when he gets back.


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