The torch that will light the cauldron of the Olympic Flame at the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is to go to outer space.
"The cauldron of the Olympic Flame in Sochi will be burnt with this very torch, the torch which will travel to outer space," President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Monday at a news conference in the Cosmonaut Training Center.
The team of the International Space Station, which will comprise nine cosmonauts and astronauts at the time, will be the one to hold the improvised relay of the Olympic Flame, Head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin said when asked by Interfax-AVN.
"Representatives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) are interested and each astronaut is interested in participating in our event. We will organize an international relay with this torch. The only disadvantage is that flame will not be seen it due to security measures," Popovkin said.
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