23/12/2013 | by Heather Irvine
Now those of you who’ve seen Gravity or attained some basic science education will know that fire and the endless vacuum of space are not a great mix. This didn’t stop the Russians blasting the 2kg torch into space to spend 5 days aboard the International Space Station and then taking it on a spacewalk.
This was the third time that the torch had left the planet but the first occasion it had bandied about in the great beyond. Sadly, in what can only be described as a lack of scientific ambition on the part of the Russians, the torch was unlit the entire time.