Rus­sian rocket car­ries Sochi torch to Int’l Space Sta­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

MOSCOW | A Rus­sian rocket soared into the cos­mos Thurs­day car­ry­ing the Sochi Olympic torch and three as­tro­nauts to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion ahead of the first-ever space­walk for the sym­bol of peace.

Video streamed by NASA re­ported a flaw­less dock­ing with the space sta­tion about six hours af­ter the craft blasted off from Rus­sia’s manned space fa­cil­ity in Baikonur, Kaza­khstan.

The un­lit torch for the 2014 Win­ter Olympics in the Rus­sian city of Sochi is to be taken on a space­walk Satur­day, then re­turn to Earth on Mon­day (late Sun­day EST) with three de­part­ing space sta­tion as­tro­nauts.

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