Olympic flame flew to space
The carrier rocket Soyuz carried the torch with Olympic flame to space from Baikonur space center. The rocket launch was secured by around 200 soldiers and 20 airplanes and helicopters. The crew of the new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Richard Mastracchio and Japanese Koichi Wakata, who will jointly deliver the symbol of Olympics to the orbit. At the ISS the spacecraft commander, the cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, will give the torch Sochi 2014 to Nikolay Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky, who will take it to the open space on October 9.
The Olympic torch will be returned to the Earth on November 11 by the crew of the ISS, who at the moment are at the orbit.
The most large-scale of the national relays of Olympic flame in history began on October 7 in Moscow. It will last for 123 days, during which the flame will cross 65,000 kilometers and go through 2,900 settlements. The relay will end in Sochi on February 7, 2014, at the opening day of the Winter Olympics.