Japan launches talking humanoid robot into space

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013, humanoid communication robot Kirobo is shown during a press unveiling in Tokyo. The first talking humanoid robot “astronaut” has taken off in a rocket. Kirobo - derived from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot” - was among five tons of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, for the International Space Station from Tanegashima, southwestern Japan, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)