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Koichi Wakata

In this handout photo provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is launched with 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 onboard, on November 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Olympic Torch Blasts Into Space For 1st Spacewalk

A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.

11/07/2013