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Talking 'robot astronaut' blasts into space

The first talking humanoid robot, Kirobo, took off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre, Kagoshima Prefecture, early on Sunday morning.Japanese rocket, H-IIB Transfer Vehicle, took off at 4:46am local time on Sunday 19:46 GMT, heading for the International Space Station with close to five and a half tons tonnes of supplies and equipment.Kirobo was on board Konotori 4, an unmanned space cargo transporter, and is expected to reach the ISS on August 9. See the video at the Telegraph.

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