Rocket prepared for Olympic torch space launch

For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a spacewalk.




The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station. Here's a look at the Sochi torch.

— Associated Press

The launch will take place Thursday, Nov. 7 where the torch will stay for five days before returning back home to continue its journey.




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BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, Olympic rings are seen at the Soyuz launch pad shortly after the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket was erected into position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, Olympic rings are seen at the Soyuz launch pad shortly after the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket was erected into position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The Russia's booster rocket Soyuz-FG with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-11M that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), fixed vertical, is seen with US and Japanese national flags in the foreground at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The rocket is emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The Russia's booster rocket Soyuz-FG with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-11M that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), fixed vertical, is seen with US and Japanese national flags in the foreground at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The rocket is emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The Russia's booster rocket Soyuz-FG with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-11M that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), fixed vertical, is seen with US and Japanese national flags in the foreground at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The rocket is emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Baikonur Cosmodrome staff member works at Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Baikonur Cosmodrome staff member works at Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Baikonur Cosmodrome staff member works at Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, it will also carry an Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov.7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Russian police officer guards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, the rocket loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), will carry an Olympic torch to space for the first time as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Russian police officer guards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, the rocket loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), will carry an Olympic torch to space for the first time as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Russian police officer guards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket, emblazoned with the emblem of the Winter Olympics in Sochi as the rocket is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. For the first time, the rocket loaded with Soyuz TMA-11M space capsule that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), will carry an Olympic torch to space for the first time as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. The rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is seen in this long exposure photograph, as the service structure arms are raised into position at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is seen in this long exposure photograph, as the service structure arms are raised into position at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 5, 2013 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
A specialist works on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
A specialist works on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
A specialist works on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Specialists work on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Specialists work on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
Specialists work on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, set on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Specialists walk next to the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, ready to be lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Specialists walk next to the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, ready to be lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
Specialists walk next to the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, ready to be lifted on its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
A police helicopter flies above the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, as it is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
A police helicopter flies above the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, as it is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
A police helicopter flies above the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, as it is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome
A police officer secures an area as the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games' patterns, is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 5, 2013. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 7. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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