A three-man crew successfully brought the Olympic torch to the International Space Station. For safety reasons, the torch will not be lit.
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In a scene the ancient Greeks could never have imagined, two Russian cosmonauts plan to carry an unlighted Olympic torch outside the International Space Station Saturday, staging a symbolic spacewalk relay as part of the buildup to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Soyuz TMA-10M commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy plan to open the hatch of the Russian Pirs airlock compartment around 6:30 a.m. PT (5 GMT) Saturday.
"We will take a picture of it with the space station in the background, with the Earth in the background," Kotov said in a NASA interview. "I think these will be very interesting videos and pictures that will be used to promote the Olympic Games."
Said Ryazanskiy: "Unfortunately we cannot light it in space, so we will simply take it to space and take pictures and some video with the station and the Earth in the background. It will be a real Olympic torch...I think it will be the last torch that will be lit during the Sochi Olympics relay."
To make the orbital photo op possible, Russian mission managers had to juggle the space station crew rotation schedule. Normally, only two three-seat Soyuz ferry craft are attached to the station at any one time, supporting a... [Read more]