KIROBO’S JOURNEY SO FAR
Kirobo was first unveiled at a press conference in Tokyo in June.
It was created by Tomotaka Takahashi in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota.
During the conference, project manager, Yorichika Nishijima said: ‘Russia was the first to go outer space, the U.S. was the first to go to the moon, we want Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans.’
Kirobo was launched into space on board the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on 4 August.
It spent six days in orbit before crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a robotic arm to remove it from the launch capsule.