Olympic torch, without flame, to go into space

Oct. 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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ZVYOZDNY GORODOK, Russia, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- An Olympic torch will go into space in honor of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics, the head of Russia's Moscow-area cosmonaut training center said Tuesday.

Speaking at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Zvyozdny Gorodok, Russia, Sergei Krikalyov said cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy will take a modified torch to the international space Station Nov. 9.

Krikalyov added the torch would have extras safety devices to keep it from slipping out of a holder's hand. It will also lack a flame.

"First, fire does not burn in outer space. Second, the fire safety regulations [aboard the space station] strictly forbid the use of open fire insider the station," he said.

The Russian crew, and the torch, will return to earth Nov. 11, the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported.

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