Cosmonauts May Carry Olympic Torch and ‘Flame’ on Spacewalk

Set to host the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi on the Black Sea coast, Russia may shift its rocket launch and spacewalk schedule to send the torch — and maybe even the flame — for next year’s Olympics to the International Space Station (ISS), according to Russia’s federal space agency and local media reports.

How the torches on the ground — there are 14,000 being produced — will differ from the one launching into space, and how the flame will be simulated or safely achieved in orbit, if it is flown, has yet to be released.

According to the Interfax report, the Olympic torch will be “moved into open space” by cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, who will arrive at the space station in late September.