Russia sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station (ISS) on the night from Wednesday to Thursday with an unmanned rocket. That's what the Japan Times writes.
The robot works ten days on board the ISS to learn to assist astronauts. The robot is a humanoid, which means that it has a human shape, with arms, hands and fingers.
T he is the first robot that sends Russia to the ISS. The robot is called Fedor, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research. The robot can copy movements of human drivers. Fedor tries to perform tasks such as the use of screwdrivers and fire extinguishers in space.
During the launch, Fedor took a seat in a modified pilot seat. He was carrying a small Russian flag and said during the take-off "Let's go, let's go." The robot thus referred to the words Yuri Gagarin uttered when he was the first to launch a Russian astronaut in a rocket.
In the past, robots have often gone to space. In 2011, NASA brought the humanoid Robonaut 2 to space. That robot returned to Earth in 2018 due to technical problems. In 2013, Japan brought a small robot named Kirobo to the ISS. This robot was able to talk to astronauts in Japanese.