The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch will make history when it is taken into space later this year. The torch is due to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) where it will then be taken on a spacewalk. This will mark the first time that the Olympic Torch has been carried in open space.
The torch is due to arrive at the ISS on the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship in November, and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov have been tasked with the historical assignment. For safety reasons, the torch will not be lit during the spacewalk.
Captain of the spacecraft Mikhail Tyurin, who received the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch at a ceremony earlier in June, will be responsible for passing it over to the cosmonauts who will take the torch on its unique walk.
Following the mission, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who is currently based on the ISS, will deliver the special cargo safely back to Earth.
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said of the feat: “Nobody has done this before. The spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch will be an historic moment in the history of the Olympic Torch Relay. I want to thank the Federal Space Agency for its support which will enable us to take the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay to the final frontier”.