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Sochi 2014: Winter Olympic torch blast off

7 November 2013 Last updated at 04:31 GMT

A torch for the Sochi Winter Olympics has blasted 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.