So The Olympic Torch Just Went On A Spacewalk…

  • Jake O'Donnell

Originating from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio, and Koichi Wakata from Japan just shuttled the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic torch 231 miles above Earth for a six hour stroll in the void — along side two Cosmonauts at the International Space Station. Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky were the lucky guys who got to float around space, tethered to an “unlit version of the torch.” Wow, no wonder Sochi 2014 is the most expensive Olympic Games in history ($50 billion so far).

Though this isn’t the first time the torch has made it’s way to space, as it went there in 1996 and 2000, it is the first time it’s gone on a space walk.


Story via BBC, Photos via Getty