MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- An unlit Olympic torch for the Sochi Winter Games will fly to space for a spacewalk in November, a Russian cosmonaut said Friday.
The torch will go to the International Space Station on Nov. 7 and go for a spacewalk two days later before being taken back to the Earth.
"The flame won't be burning in space, we'll just carry the torch into space," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Oleg Kotov, one of the two cosmonauts who will be involved in the spacewalk, as saying.
He said the cosmonauts "have already ordered broadcast of certain sports and we'll be watching them on the station."
After the flame arrives in Russia from Greece in October, it will spiral out from the capital before heading east and looping around the Kamchatka Peninsula, down to Vladivostok and back across southern Siberia via Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake.
On its way through more than 2,900 towns in Russia's 83 regions, the torch will make its way back into European Russia, eventually settling down to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the opening ceremony on Feb. 7, 2014.