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Olympic Torch Taken On Spacewalk


Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (top) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, board the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft with the torch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Baikonur cosmodrome on November 7.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (top) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, board the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft with the torch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Baikonur cosmodrome on November 7.

Two Russian cosmonauts have taken the Olympic torch on its first-ever spacewalk.

Live footage aired on Russian state television showed Oleg Kotov carrying the unlit torch in his right hand while fellow cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky recorded the historic event using a high-tech camera.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carried the torch and a three-man crew to the International Space Station on November 7 after blasting off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

For safety reasons, the torch is not being lit during its time in space.

The torch is to be returned to Earth on November 11 to continue a 65,000-kilometer relay, ending with the start of the Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on February 7.


Based on reporting by AFP and the BBC
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