The Olympic torch for the 2014 winter games in Russia will be flying to the ISS tomorrow. It will perform a space walk before returning to Earth a day later.
When Russians get an olympic torch to play with, they don’t mess around. Russia will be hosting the 2014 Olympic games at the Black Sea resort town of Sochi and tomorrow, the torch will be lifting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Khazakstan onboard a Soyuz capsule bound for the International Space Station. The capsule will also carry Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
“All the activities related to this torch are symbolic and are significant,” said cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, whose rocket is emblazoned with the Sochi winter games logo and is waiting for him and his crew at the launch platform after its arrival earlier today.
I gotta say, a nice paint job does a lot for the Soyuz
While at the ISS, the torch will be taken outside the station during a maintenance space walk and photo shoot. Needless to say, the torch isn’t lit yet, so the vacuum of space isn’t going to pose a threat to the flame. The torch will be taken outside by cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy. It will then be passed on to Karen Nyberg, Luca Parmitano and Fyodor Yurchikhin, who will take it back down to Earth the follow day as their six-month ISS mission ends.
Source Florida Today