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Sochi Olympic Torch Taken On First-Ever Spacewalk

The torch is orbiting about 260 miles above us right now.

1. The Olympic torch was taken on a spacewalk for the first time Saturday by Russian cosmonauts.

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2. It was was launched into space from a Russian-operated cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and taken to the International Space Station Thursday. It was not lit.

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3. The trip was the first time an Olympic torch was taken into space. The torch for the Atlanta Summer Games was, however, taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996.

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4. The International Space Station orbits about 260 miles above Earth.

Nasa / Reuters

5. The Sochi Olympic torch began its relay on Oct. 4. It will travel about 39,000 miles.

AP Photo/NASA

6. The torch will return to Earth Monday.

AP Photo/NASA

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