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Olympic torch goes on first spacewalk

Published On: Nov 11 2013 10:19:57 AM CST
Olympic torch in space

NASA TV

The Olympic torch usually takes quite a trek before each Olympics. But ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the torch relay was out of this world.

On Saturday, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky brought the torch along on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, spending some time posing and waving with the Olympic symbol (which was also tethered to the space station to keep it secure) at the beginning of the walk, according to Reuters.

The torch remained unlit the entire time it was in space, although this particular torch will be the one used to light the cauldron at the start of the Sochi Games, according to The Los Angeles Times.

This wasn’t the first Olympic torch to leave the planet – torches orbited the Earth in 1996 and 2000 -- but it was the first to be taken outside a vessel into space, according to Reuters.

The torch safely arrived back on Earth Monday.

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