The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.
This past Thursday, a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying an unlit Olympic torch along side the astronauts blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS). Although this isn’t the first Olympic Torch launched into space (two others made the trip in 1996 and 2000), it will be the first one ever IN space.
Saturday the ISS crew took the torch for a spacewalk. For over an hour the Olympic torch floated with astronauts (or cosmonauts) in open space.
The torch will remain unlit for obvious safety reasons and when it is returned to earth the torch will have finished another leg of the longest Olympic torch journey ever.
The Winter Games begin Feb 7, 2014.
So with this milestone, how long will we have to wait for synchronized space gymnastics?
– Ex astris, scientia –
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