All systems appear to be go for the first Olympic torch spacewalk.
The Sochi Olympic torch will embark on a mission to outer space from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket with Sochi 2014 designs on Wednesday night (Eastern Time). The spacecraft was set on a launch pad on Tuesday, according to RIA Novosti.
The Toshiba Vision screen in New York’s Times Square will also broadcast the stream live Wednesday night.
Russian cosmonauts at the International Space Station will take the torch, without a flame for safety reasons, into open space on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. Video and photos are expected to be taken of the spacewalk.
The Olympic torch flew into space before, in 1996 on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, but it has never been taken outside a spacecraft, according to the AP.
The torch is expected to return to Earth on Monday, landing in Kazakhstan.
Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.
Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.
Other winners included:
Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)
Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)
Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)
Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.