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Olympic torch is handed over in space

Posted on Sunday, 10 November, 2013 | Comment icon 2 comments

The cosomonauts handed over the torch during a spacewalk. Image Credit: NASA
The torch underwent its most audacious handover in history in the run-up to the winter Olympics.
The torch arrived on the International Space Station on Thursday as part of the relay leading up to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which will take place in Sochi, Russia.

Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy performed the handover of the torch during a spacewalk, however due to the lack of air the torch was not lit outside nor lit inside for safety reasons.

"Our goal here is to make it look spectacular," said Kotov earlier in the week. "We'd like to showcase our Olympic torch in space. We will try to do it in a beautiful manner. Millions of people will see it live on TV and they will see the station and see how we work."

This isn't the first time the Olympic torch has been blasted in to space however it is the first time it has been taken outside on a spacewalk.

The torch is due to head back down to Earth alongside three returning crew members later on today.

Source: NASA | Comments (2)

Tags: Olympics, ISS

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 10 November, 2013, 10:26
An Olympic moment in spaceRussian Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Nov. 9, installing and replacing experiments and hardware and displaying the Olympic torch that will light the Olympic flame in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7, 2014, during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. The torch was delivered to the station Nov. 7 by three new residents of the station and will return to Earth Nov. 11 with three departing crew members to resume its role in the Olympic torch relay that began in Olympia, Greece, last month.Credit:... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hazzard on 10 November, 2013, 13:36
I like it.

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