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SEE: How the Olympic torch made it to space

SEE: How the Olympic torch made it to space

By Callum Ng

We’re sure there are plenty of ultra-smart scientific reasons for NASA’s Expedition 38, but that stuff is actually rocket science so let’s focus on what we know.

See also: 10 amazing places the Olympic torch has travelled (including space!)

UPDATE: Image from the spacewalk

The Olympic torch that will light the flame at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games was on board.

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

The torch was aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M rocket. With big Sochi 2014 stickers on it.

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

It got there on a train.

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

No, these dudes won’t take a photo of you with the rocket for Instagram. We’re not saying they’re not friendly, but…

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

The rocket was launched on Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in this photo it’s being…ummm, hey look the Olympic rings!

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

Go time! It took the rocket six hours to get to the International Space Station. It used to take two days.

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

The torch was brought up to the ISS by flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin, Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio.

PHOTO: NASA

PHOTO: NASA

The Olympic torch went on its first-ever space walk with flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy who were already hanging out at the ISS.

By Callum Ng

Senior Writer/Producer for Olympic.ca: I tell sport stories. I also like songs and dim sum. Liable to be found rink side, track side, pool side, any side.

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