The Russian-made Olympic torch continues to sputter.

The torch was made at a Siberian missile factory that produces submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

By some counts it has already gone out more than 40 times on its way to the Winter Games at Sochi.

One Moscow journalist questioned the embarrassing flame-outs, asking her radio listeners, "Do our missiles fly the way our torches burn?"

This week it will be tested in zero gravity.

The will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft and astronauts will then carry it outside on a spacewalk.

Photo: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin pose with a Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch during their press conference at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City center outside Moscow on Oct. 22. The three-man crew is scheduled to blast off with the torch without the flame to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on Nov. 7.