Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Torch to be sent in Space
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee on 26 June 2013 made a declaration to send Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Torch into the space in November 2013. The torch would be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) from where it will be sent for a space walk. This will be the first time in the history that Olympics Torch will be carried in the open space.
The torch will arrive at the ISS on the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship in November 2013. The historical assignment will be completed by the Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov, who has been tasked with the assignment.
Mikhail Tyurin, Captain of the spacecraft, who received the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch in June 2013, will be responsible to pass 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.
To ensure safety, during the space journey, the torch will not be lit during the spacewalk.
Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.