Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

Apr 28, 2013
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov holds an apple after the landing of the Russian Soyuz TMA-17 space capsule near the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan on June 2, 2010. Russian astronauts will take an unlit Olympic torch on a space walk ahead of the country's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the deputy head of the Russian space agency has said.

Russian astronauts will take an unlit Olympic torch on a space walk ahead of the country's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the deputy head of the Russian space agency said on Sunday.

"It will not be a copy but exactly the same as the torch at the Olympics," deputy head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, Vitaly Davydov, told the Interfax news agency.

He said he believed the space walk ceremony "had already been confirmed" with the country's Olympic committee, but gave no details about the event.

The torch will not be lit at any point because this would not be permitted for transportation to the ISS, he added.

A space industry source told Interfax that the schedule of spaceships ferrying astronauts to the ISS would be altered to allow for the torch ceremony, part of a relay taking in and Russia's highest peak, Mount Elbrus.

Russian astronauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky are expected to perform the space walk with the torch in November with the torch set to return to Earth on a landing on November 12, the source said.

The in March said the space walk was planned for August this year.

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Feldagast
not rated yet Apr 28, 2013
Uh, the symbolism of the Olympic torch is not the torch but of the flame itself, otherwise they would never light them or use batons.
Neinsense99
1 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2013
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In space no one can light your torch.

Coming soon to no theatres anywhere near you.
alfie_null
not rated yet Apr 29, 2013
In the name of technology, they should try to work out some way to convert the thermal energy being released by the lit torch into some other form for transport, then on return, convert it back and ignite a torch with it.
Feldagast
not rated yet Apr 29, 2013
Now that sounds like a challenge and a good idea all in one. But do they have time?
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