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Sochi 2014: Winter Olympic torch ready for space trip

On Thursday a torch for the Sochi Winter Olympics is due to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board a Soyuz rocket.

Three cosmonauts are taking it to the International Space Station where - carefully tethered in case it is lost - it will become the first Olympic torch to go on a spacewalk.

It is all part of the elaborate preparations for Russia's first Olympics since the Soviet era.

Moscow Correspondent Daniel Sandford is in Baikonur for the launch and has been watching the preparations.

  • 06 Nov 2013
  • From the section Europe
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