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Photos: Olympic Torch Launches Into Space on Soyuz Rocket

Liftoff! Soyuz Spacecraft Launches with Expedition 38 Crew

NASA TV

A Russian Soyuz rocket launches toward space carrying the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the new Expedition 38 crew for the International Space Station at 11:14 p.m. EST on Nov. 6, 2013. The rocket carrying Expedition 38 flight engineers Rick Masstrachio of NASA, Koichi Wakata of Japan and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

Soyuz Rocket to Launch Expedition 38 Crew

NASA TV

A Russian Soyuz rocket emblazoned with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics branding stands poised to launch the Olympic torch and Expedition 38 crew of the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Nov. 6, 2013 ET (Nov. 7 local time).

Olympic Rings at Soyuz Launch Pad

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Olympic rings are seen at the Soyuz launch pad shortly after the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket was erected into position on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket Erected Next to Olympic Rings

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Olympic rings are seen as the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is erected into position at the launch pad on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 38 Crew With Olympic Torch

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, left, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, right, smile and wave as they hold an Olympic torch that will be flown with them to the International Space Station, during a press conference held Wed., Nov. 6, at the Cosmonaut hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Helicopter Approaches Soyuz Rocket

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is seen after being erected into position at the launch pad on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for Nov. 7 and will send Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Soyuz Rocket Rolls Out to Launch Pad

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is seen in this long-exposure photograph as it is rolled out to the launch pad by train on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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