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OLYMPIC GAMES: Olympic Sochi Olympic torch made a historic spacewalk

November 10th, 2013 · No Comments · 290 views


Two Russian cosmonauts came out Saturday for the International Space Station (ISS) in espacec with the Olympic torch for the first time in history, as part of a massive journey through Russia before the Olympic Games in Sochi in February.

Capturing the silver and red torch with his spacesuit glove, Oleg Kotov has left the ISS through an airlock, some 320 km above the Earth, where he triumphantly waved the object, off.

He was then sent to Sergei Ryazansky and two men asked to turn with the object symbol. 

The event was filmed mainly due to installed on the helmets of astronauts cameras and broadcast live on Russian television and chain Internet TV American NASA.

The Olympic torch has been taken into space aboard a shuttle before the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but she had never performed output in the thermosphere.

Many precautions

On Thursday, the torch off for security reasons, was loaded on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with three astronauts, Russian Mikhailovich , the Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Japanese Koichi Wakata. 

These operations need many precautions, the torch must always be attached to a hook itself connected to a metal cable structure of the ISS.

Cosmonauts let loose at times the torch to perform maneuvers, several changes of position to make a maximum of images to capture the event.

The red and gray torch out in space is one of the 16,000 torches used by runners month in Russia for the longest in Olympic history courses (65 000 km) of the flame up opening on 7 February 2014, the Sochi Olympics, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains.

The only difference, the torch is extinguished for the duration of space travel for security reasons. Light the flame in space would be impossible anyway because of the lack of oxygen.

Back in the steppes Monday

Sign of the historic nature of the Olympic stage space, take off the Soyuz rocket hit the symbol of the Olympic Games in Sochi and the five Olympic rings with the torch on board was Thursday broadcast live onto a giant screen in the heart of New York's Times Square, one of the most famous and busiest places in the world. It was also broadcast live on Russian television.

After this unprecedented step, the torch will return to Earth in a Soyuz capsule, accompanied by astronauts Fyodor Iourtchikhine (Russian), Karen Nyberg (American) and Parmitano Luca (Italian), to the outcome of a mission of five and a half months in space. Their landing is scheduled on November 11 at 2:50 GMT in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Besides space, the Olympic torch will also step into the depths of Lake Baikal (Siberia) and the summit of Mount Elbrus (Caucasus, 5633 m) after having already traveled the North Pole, during a journey of 123 days began on 7 October in Moscow, and will end at the opening ceremony of the games, 7 fe , February 2014.

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