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Robot 'astronaut' begins space journey

 Kirobo – derived from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot” – was among five tons of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched for the International Space Station from Tanegashima, south-western Japan.

Developers say the childlike robot will be a companion for astronaut Koichi Wakata and will communicate with another robot on Earth.

Robot designer Tomotaka Takahashi, of the University of Tokyo, advertiser Dentsu and car maker Toyota worked on the robot.

The challenge was making sure it could move and talk where there was no gravity.

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