torch-relay
October 16, 2013

Olympic Torch that is to be carried into the open space from the ISS by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky on November 9 was modernized to secure it from the slipping out of hands, – GCTC head Sergey Krikalev reported to the journalists.

“Space Olympic torch is exactly like the one made for the Earth relay, but there is no gas in it. The torch was modernized for the spacewalk, we added extra fixing element the strap is to be fixed to so that it will not fly away accidentally”, – Krikalev said.

GCTC Head explained one more time that it is not possible to light the torch either onboard the station or in the open space.

The idea of sending the torch to the ISS came from the Olympic Committee. They say it is a part of Olympic Torch relay but it is not exactly, we’ll deliver the torch to the ISS but no fire either onboard the station or outside it as the fire in space is impossible and fire onboard the station is strictly prohibited by safety rules.

He didn’t reveal the secrets of the forthcoming Olympic Torch Spacewalk ceremony but he mentioned that during this ceremony the torch will make several orbits around the Earth. “On November 11 the Torch returns to the Earth with Fyodor Yurchikhin’s crew” – Krikalev stated.

More from this category:
1038353199
December 15, 2014

On Monday Soyuz-ST booster was rolled-out to the launchpad of Kurou spaceport, – Roscosmos press-office reports. “On December 15, 2014, in accordance with the decision…

full story
6301370082
June 3, 2018

On June 3, 2018, the members of the crew of the “Soyuz MS-07″ spacecraft and the expeditions ISS-54/55 returned safely to Earth. The descent vehicle…

full story
1030880870
February 8, 2016

Soyuz-2.1b medium booster with Glonass-M navigational satellite was successfully launched from Plesetsk spaceport in Arkhangelsk region, – Ministry of Defence press office reported. It was…

full story
rise_flags
May 20, 2013

Baikonur saw flag-raising ceremony before the launch of Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. 36/37 ISS missions main and back-up crews take part in this ceremony which symbolizes the…

full story
GCTC-MSU
April 24, 2013

The cooperation between Gagarin cosmonaut Training Center and Moscow State University lasts for several decades. In 1983-2003 it was the most efficient when GCTC and…

full story
QzbxJpZUGnM
February 16, 2015

According to the decision taken by State Commission on February 15, at 04.00, Moscow time, rocket and space industry launching crews rolled-out Soyuz-U booster with…

full story
B-mLPkcGIhM
September 23, 2014

Today, on September 23, 2014 Soyuz-FG booster with Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft was rolled-out to #1 launchpad (Gagarin launch). After the booster was installed and service…

full story
yGThiEStDlA
July 11, 2014

At 22:55:56, Moscow time, on July 10 Arianespace Company and Russian Federal Space Agency joint operational crews launched Soyuz-ST-B booster with Fregat-MT upper stage and…

full story