Thursday, November 7, 2013
Olympic torch flies to International Space Station
MOSCOW -- A Russian spacecraft carrying the Olympic torch and three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station.
Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking Thursday about six hours after the craft blasted off from Russia's manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
The unlit torch for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi is to be taken on a spacewalk Saturday, then return to Earth on Monday (late Sunday EST) with three departing space station astronauts.
The arriving crew members Thursday were Russia's Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan.