Olympic Torch in Space
by Alexandra B.
The countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia is on. Only 84 days left to go!
And that means that the Olympic Torch relay is well underway.
The torch made an unusual and special stop last week ... in space at the International Space Station!
Three astronauts took the 2014 Olympic torch into space last week. It took just over six hours for them to go from Earth to the International Space Station. The astronauts are Rick Mastracchio, Mikhail Tyurin, and Koichi Wakata. They are from America, Russia, and Japan.
This was not the first time someone has gone to space with the Olympic Torch. However, it was the first time that the Torch has been on a space walk and been in space! They even had a little "relay" of their own out there.
The torch means peace, friendship and goodwill. I think having the torch in space is extraordinary because three men from different countries took the torch to space to show that friendship is possible anywhere.
There are nine people at the International Space Station at the moment. Oleg Kotov is one of those people. "Our goal here is to make it look spectacular," Kotov said before his own mission began: "We'd like to showcase our Olympic torch in space. We will try to do it in a beautiful manner. Millions of people will see it live on TV and they will see the station and see how we work."
They will not light the torch for safety reasons.
The torch returned to Earth over the weekend and was brought back by three different astronauts: Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin, the U.S.'s Karen Nyberg, and the European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano.
After they bring the torch to space they will bring it to the deepest and oldest freshwater lake. That location is Lake Baikal in Russia. It is over 5,000 ft. deep. That is deep! But think how cool is it that the torch gets to go to the highest anybody can go and the lowest!
You can watch the space walk below and you can see them make history and do funny, cool and amazing stuff!
You can also follow the entire torch relay by clicking here. The Olympics will begin February 7, 2014.
Do you feel how I feel? Amazed, excited or anything just comment!
Alexandra B. is a 4th grader at Charlevoix Elementary School in Charlevoix, Michigan. She loves to write, play soccer, travel, and do ballet. One day she hopes to protect animals in danger of becoming extinct. This is her first piece for HTE and we are so happy for her great story about the torch in space. Thank you!