Olympic torch travels to space

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The Winter Olympic torch has blasted into space as Russia prepares for the Winter Games in Sochi next year.

A Soyuz rocket is delivering the torch to the International Space Station.

It blasted off at 04:14:25 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Three cosmonauts – Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koici Wakata from Japan – are escorting the torch to the ISS.

They’ll be handing over the torch to fellow cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, who are already on the orbiting station, then they go on a spacewalk on Saturday.

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