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Russia: Olympic torch ready to light up outer space01:14

Russia: Olympic torch ready to light up outer space

Russian Federation, Zvyozdny gorodok, Moscow Region
September 3, 2013 at 11:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Olympic torch ready to light up outer space

For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be sent into space, onboard a Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship provided by the Russian Federal Space Agency. The groundbreaking trip is scheduled for the end of September, as part of a four-month torch relay ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, a Russian resort on the Black Sea coast.

Video footage shows members of the main crew, Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky, and American astronaut Michael Hopkins, preparing for what will be the 38th mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov said: "Well, we'll put on our space suits, open the hatchway and enter outer space with an Olympic torch."

The main and backup teams are currently training at the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center in Zvyozdny gorodok, in Russia's Moscow region. As part of the training, four Russian Cosmonauts and two American astronauts will have to practice and pass examinations covering all emergency situations that could arise on the ISS.

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Russia: Olympic torch ready to light up outer space

For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be sent into space, onboard a Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship provided by the Russian Federal Space Agency. The groundbreaking trip is scheduled for the end of September, as part of a four-month torch relay ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, a Russian resort on the Black Sea coast.

Video footage shows members of the main crew, Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky, and American astronaut Michael Hopkins, preparing for what will be the 38th mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov said: "Well, we'll put on our space suits, open the hatchway and enter outer space with an Olympic torch."

The main and backup teams are currently training at the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center in Zvyozdny gorodok, in Russia's Moscow region. As part of the training, four Russian Cosmonauts and two American astronauts will have to practice and pass examinations covering all emergency situations that could arise on the ISS.