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Olympic torch relay visits Russian diamond mine

Olympic Torch Relay

In this photo provided by and taken on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Kimberlite Pipe World in Mirny, about 9,000 km (5,625 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/


As one Olympic torch visited outer space, another one delved deep into a diamond mine in Russia on Friday.

The Olympic torch relay continued in Mirny at the base of the Mir mine, which is 1,730 feet deep and once was the largest open pit diamond mine in the world, according to

The Olympic flame will next travel to Yakutsk in Eastern Siberia by dogs and reindeer sled on Saturday. Simultaneously, an unlit Olympic torch will take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

NASA will provide a live stream of the spacewalk beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

Photos, video: Olympic torch blasts off into space

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