Kirobo and Koichi Wakata talking inside the space station
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Astronaut says goodbye to robot companion

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata says goodbye to his humanoid robot companion, Kirobo, as he wraps up his mission aboard the International Space Station.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is wrapping up his mission aboard the International Space Station.

He is leaving behind a mechanical friend, a humanoid robot named Kirobo, who has been his companion for the past six months.

The robot's makers claim it can process questions and construct answers without resorting to pre-programmed responses.

Tom Santorelli reports.

  • 13 May
  • From the section Asia