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Submission + - Sochi Olympic Torch Taken On historic Spacewalk (rtoz.org)

rtoz writes: Two Russian cosmonauts are taking the torch for the Sochi Winter Olympics on its first historic spacewalk, ahead of next year’s games in Russia.

took the unlit version of the torch through the hatch of the International Space Station.

The torch will spend up to six hours in open space.

The Olympic torch has been carried into space twice before – in 1996 and 2000 – but it has never left a spaceship. It is not being lit aboard the space station as this would consume oxygen and pose a risk to the crew.

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Sochi Olympic Torch Taken On historic Spacewalk

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