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Olympic Torch Space Walk was Successful

Nov 10 2013, 4:57am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Olympic Torch Space Walk was Successful
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The historic 2014 Sochi Olympic Torch space walk took place yesterday and organizers say it was a success. This was the first time the Olympic Torch was in space on its journey to a Olympic games destination.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch just completed the first ever space walk. NASA has tweeted photos and a short video of the historic event. Never before was space part of the Olympic torch route. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia start on February 7, 2014. This is in 90 days.

On November 7, the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome carrying crew members Koichi Wakata (Japan), Richard Mastracchio (USA) and commander Mikhail Tyurin (Russia) and the Olympic Torch to the International Space Station (ISS).

Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazan went out into open space, holding the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch. The Olympic Torch spent more than an hour in open space.

The Olympic Torch will come back soon in the hands of cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who along with the team that completed most of the work on board the ISS, will bring the Torch back to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft and hand it over to representatives of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee upon exiting the capsule.

The Torch will continue its route to the Cauldron in Fisht Olympic Stadium. Where it will be marking the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi on February 7.

For some reason the torch is not burning? ;)

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