Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

Nov 7, 2013

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States bound for the International Space Station successfully lifted off on a rocket Thursday from a launch site in Kazakhstan. The 50-meter-high, three-stage rocket with the spacecraft carrying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, ...

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Oct 18, 2013

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Astronaut Koichi Wakata is set to ride a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where he will do a six-month stint as its first Japanese skipper, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday. Wakata, 50, and two colleagues, from Russia and the ...

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

Jun 27, 2013

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of “Star Wars,” the pint-sized Kirobo fielded questions from curious journalists who asked what ...

Dec 1, 2012

Japan team to send robot to ISS

A Japanese team will send a small humanoid robot to the International Space Station next year as a companion for Koichi Wakata, who will be the first Japanese commander of the ISS. The artificial intelligence robot, which will communicate in Japanese, is being developed ...