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Creepy female robot that will fly to space this year unveiled by India’s space agency

INDIA is planning to send a “female” humanoid robot to space.

The creepily realistic looking humanoid is called Vyommitra and she could be heading on her mission later this year.

 The robot is called Vyommitra

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The robot is called VyommitraCredit: AP:Associated Press

Chief of the India Space Research Organisation, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, described Vyommitra as “half-humanoid” because the robot doesn’t have legs.

However, she is being described as “a woman”.

Vyommitra is said to speak two languages and will be communicating with mission control.

The device may even use its language skills to communicate with future astronauts.

 The device has been designed to look like a female

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The device has been designed to look like a femaleCredit: AP:Associated Press
 The robot has no legs

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The robot has no legsCredit: AFP or licensors

India’s space agency unveiled the robot prototype at a media event in Bengaluru in India.

The event was used to display how the robot could move.

Some experts have questioned why using a humanoid robot to control an unmanned mission would be any better than just having software that could be programmed to control switches.

Mr Sivan indicated to the Times of India that this mission and Vyommitra are about inspiring Indians and highlighting the country’s achievements in space.

 Vyommitra was unveiled by the India Space Research Organisation

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Vyommitra was unveiled by the India Space Research OrganisationCredit: AFP or licensors
 The space agency hope to send their robot on its first mission in 2020

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The space agency hope to send their robot on its first mission in 2020Credit: Reuters

Vyommitra is just the latest part in India’s big plans for space.

Last month, the country’s doomed spacecraft that crashed into the Moon in September was found by Nasa.

The US space agency revealed an image showing the site of the £114million lander’s impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site.

Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement, Nasa said.

A successful landing would have made India just the fourth country to land a vessel on the lunar surface, and only the third to operate a robotic rover there.

 The impact crater of India's doomed Moon lander can be seen in white above

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The impact crater of India’s doomed Moon lander can be seen in white aboveCredit: AFP or licensors

The Moon – our closest neighbour explained

Here’s what you need to know…

  • The Moon is a natural satellite – a space-faring body that orbits a planet
  • It’s Earth’s only natural satellite, and is the fifth biggest in the Solar System
  • The Moon measures 2,158 miles across, roughly 0.27 times the diameter of Earth
  • Temperatures on the Moon range from minus 173 degrees Celcius to 260 degrees Celcius
  • Experts assumed the Moon was another planet, until Nicolaus Copernicus outlined his theory about our Solar System in 1543
  • It was eventually assigned to a “class” after Galileo discovered four moons orbiting Jupiter in 1610
  • The Moon is believed to have formed around 4.51billion years ago
  • The strength of its gravitational field is about a sixth of Earth’s gravity
  • Earth and the Moon have “synchronous rotation”, which means we always see the same side of the Moon – hence the phrase “dark side of the Moon”
  • The Moon’s surface is actually dark, but appears bright in the sky due to its reflective ground
  • During a solar eclipse, the Moon covers the Sun almost completely. Both objects appear a similar size in the sky because the Sun is both 400 times larger and farther
  • The first spacecraft to reach the Moon was in 1959, as part of the Soviet Union’s Lunar program
  • The first manned orbital mission was Nasa’s Apollo 8 in 1968
  • And the first manned lunar landing was in 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission

In other space news, Nasa’s Curiosity rover has frozen stuck on Mars.

A nearby star we’ve watched for 180 years is mysteriously ‘dimming’, leaving scientists baffled.

And, the first ever cookie has been baked in space.

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