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Strange spacecraft lands on Earth carrying humanoid robot

An unmanned spacecraft recently landed on Earth carrying a humanoid robot. But, perhaps disappointingly for UFO buffs, neither is alien in origin.

The spacecraft is the Soyuz MS-14 space capsule, which made a “first of its kind test flight” to the International Space Station.

The vehicle is Russian, and so is its passenger, a humanoid robot called Skybot F-850, also known as “Fedor”, apparently (main picture).

As Nasa explains on its website: “The uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on August 21, carrying 1,450 pounds of cargo to replenish the Expedition 60 crew residing at the orbital outpost.

“Part of its payload included a humanoid robot that was tested aboard the space station before being loaded back for its return trip.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on its way back to Earth after departing from the ISS on Friday, September 6, 2019. Picture credit: Nasa

“The MS-14’s flight also helped to validate the spacecraft’s compatibility for a revamped Soyuz booster rocket, which will be used to transport crews beginning spring 2020.”

Main picture: Skybot F-850 humanoid robot. Picture credit: Donat Sorokin / Tass News Agency