Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov holds an apple after the landing of a Russian Soyuz space capsule near Dzhezkazgan on June 2, 2010
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.


Explore further

Space race for Sochi 2014 flame

(c) 2013 AFP

Citation: Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk (2013, April 28) retrieved 23 May 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-russian-astronauts-olympic-torch-space.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

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.

Apr 30, 2013
Sub;Highlight-beacon-spirit-space Cooperation
Trigger a low power Vacuum Gap - Lead Kindly light over dark mode .

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