The Winter Olympic torch is on its way to outer space.
A three-man crew is bringing the torch on a Russian rocket to the International Space Station. It will stay there for five days, during which time astronauts will take it for a "walk" outside.
This isn't the first time an Olympic torch has traveled outside of earth (it also took rocket jaunts in 1996 and 2000) but it'll be a first time the torch leaves the spacecraft it traveled in. According to Reuters, Russian engineers equipped the torch with a tether so that it won't float out of the cosmonauts' grip during the journey.
The Sochi torch is on the longest relay in history. As part of its 40,000-mile trek before the Games begin February 7, it has traveled to the North Pole and it's scheduled to visit the tallest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus. The torch will resume its journey around planet Earth when it returns on November 11.
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