Olympic Torch Spacewalk

November 9, 2013 by  

Olympic Torch Spacewalk, For the first time in history, an Olympic torch will be taken into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk and you can watch it live online.

Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryazanskiy and Oleg Kotov will venture outside the International Space Station with the red and silver aluminum Olympic torch Saturday (Nov. 9), leaving from the station’s Pirs docking compartment airlock at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT).

This will be the first spacewalk for Ryazanskiy and the fourth for Kotov. You can watch the spacewalk on starting at 9:00 a.m. EST (1400 GMT) via NASA TV.

Ryazanskiy and Kotov’s expedition outside of the station is part of the Olympic torch relay that will eventually lead to the lighting of the Olympic flame in Sochi, Russia on February 7, 2014, kicking off the Winter Games.

“I’m honestly looking forward to this, my first real life spacewalk,” Ryazanskiy said during a news conference Friday. “We will perform usual EVA [spacewalk] with some special tasks … with the Olympic torch. This is part of [the] official Olympic torch relay that is now in our country.”

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