Olympic Torch Reaches International Space StationWorld | November 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:59| views
A Soyuz rocket carrying the torch for the Sochi Winter Olympics has docked with the International Space Station.
The move is part of efforts to showcase next year's games in Russia.
“The docking was carried out on schedule in automatic mode,” a spokesman for Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has told RIA Novosti.
The rocket carrying the torch blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, crewed by three cosmonauts - Russia's Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata from Japan.
The torch will remain at the orbital station for five days. It is due to be brought back to the Earth by three astronauts who will depart the ISS on board the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on November 11.