Space race for Sochi 2014 flame

Jul 07, 2011
Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is introduced during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place in Vancouver. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics flame could be heading for space as part of the 120-day torch relay, organisers said on Thursday.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics flame could be heading for space as part of the 120-day torch relay, organisers said on Thursday.

Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko and deputy prime minister Alexander Zhukov told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the relay will be the longest in history, covering 27,300 kilometres and seeing the torch carried by 14,000 runners.

Zhukov added that it was the country's ambition "to send it above the earth's atmosphere".

Organisers also want to carry the torch to the highest point in the country, the at Mount Elbrus that is 5,642m high, as well as the world's deepest point at , which has a 1,600m depth.

Explore further: OSIRIS-REx mission successfully completes system integration review

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Russians rally to save Lake Baikal

Mar 27, 2010

Russians on Saturday protested at the reopening of a paper mill on the shore of Lake Baikal which environmentalists say endangers one of the world's largest freshwater reserves.

Image: Pretty in pink

Apr 04, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Inside the Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition, or PS-PVD, ceramic powder is introduced into the plasma flame, which vaporizes it and then condenses it to form the ceramic coating.

RIM unleashes BlackBerry Torch to take on iPhone

Aug 03, 2010

Research In Motion (RIM) on Tuesday unveiled a BlackBerry Torch to take on the hot-selling iPhone, avoiding comment on a plan in the United Arab Emirates to snuff out data service there.

New monitor lizard discovered in Indonesia

Apr 26, 2010

A newly discovered species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo dragon, was reported in the journal Zootaxa this week by a professor at UC Santa Barbara and a researcher from Finland.

Water pollution continues at famous Russian lake

Mar 24, 2008

Despite widespread concerns about preserving the world’s largest body of fresh water, researchers report that pollution is continuing in Russia’s fabled Lake Baikal. The study is scheduled for the April ...

Recommended for you

NASA spacecraft nears historic dwarf planet arrival

16 hours ago

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters ...

Why we see familiar-looking objects in Mars topology

21 hours ago

What is up with the fossils on Mars? Found – a dinosaur skull on Mars? Discovered – a rat, squirrel or gerbil on Mars? In background of images from Curiosity, vertebrae from some extinct Martian species? ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.