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Russian rocket flies Olympic torch into space

 Reuters 11 November 2019

A three-man crew has successfully blasted off into space with the Olympic torch ready to take the iconic flame on its first spacewalk. The space flight is part of what will be the longest torch relay before a Winter Olympics, which President Vladimir Putin hopes will boost Russia's image and show what the nation can achieve more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union. (653 Words) - By Alissa de Carbonnel

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The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games logo and a blue-and-white snowflake pattern, blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 7, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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