On Thursday, Russia launched an unmanned rocket carrying humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station.
The robot is the first ever sent up by Russia, Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (FEDOR).
The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.80 metres (5 foot 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilogrammes (353 pounds).
Fedor took off at 6:38 am, Moscow time (0338 GMT), aboard a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, in the Russian cosmodrome of Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz should dock at the space station Saturday and stay until 7 September.
Soyuz ships are normally used for such trips, but on Thursday, no human travels to test a new rescue system.
Instead of cosmonauts, Fedor, also known as Skybot F850, was attached to a specially adapted pilot seat, with a small Russian flag in his hand.
“Let’s go, let’s go,” it was said during the launch of the robot, repeating the famous phrase used by the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
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