Russian astronauts take Olympic torch to space

The symbolic torch that will be used to light the flame at the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, just completed a two-hour spacewalk that was broadcast live online on NASA TV.

A three-man crew took the torch up to the International Space Station on Thursday. Today, astronauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky tethered the unlit torch to their space suits while doing routine maintenance. The historic spacewalk was recorded using helmet cameras.

The torch, which represents international cooperation, has been carried to space twice before. This was its first time leaving a spaceship, however.

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