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    Olympic Torch Blasts Off for ISS Spacewalk

    Olympic Torch Blasts Off for ISS Spacewalki
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    November 07, 2013 7:03 AM
    A rocket carrying an unlit Olympic torch has blasted off from Earth ahead of February's winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
    Olympic Torch Blasts Off for ISS Spacewalk
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    A rocket carrying an unlit Olympic torch has blasted off from Earth ahead of February's winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

    The Russian Soyuz-FG rocket, emblazoned with the logo of the 2014 Winter Games, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Thursday with three crew members: a Russian, an American, and a Japanese citizen. They were en route to the International Space Station, where two Russian cosmonauts living at the station will take the torch on its first-ever spacewalk.

    The torch will remain unlit for safety reasons until its return to Earth Monday on a Soyuz spacecraft. It will then travel across Russia before being used to light the Olympic flame February 7 in Sochi, at the opening of the Games.

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    by: Markt46
    November 07, 2013 12:20 PM
    A feather in the hat of the Russians on this one...they may have put the first satellite into orbit, the first human to orbit Earth, but the U.S. beat them to the moon, something the Russians never accomplished. Now they can be the first to carry an unlit Olympic Torch into space and spacewalk it. No oxygen in space means it will remain unlit, but a nice gesture nonetheless....

    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 07, 2013 4:52 AM
    I hope all crew would carry out their mission successfully. It is exciting to imagine the Olympic torch spacewalking. Yet it would be more impressive and worth first-ever event if the torch is actually lit.

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