Icon in space

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Икона в космосеAt 11.40, Moscow time, September 30, 2009, the "Soyuz TMA-16" spacecraft was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, which delivered an icon of the MostHoly mother of God to the international space station.

The Icon was delivered within the framework of the all-Russian program «Orthodox expedition» by the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

On October 11, 2009 the Icon came back to the Earth in "Soyuz TMA-14" spacecraft after flying around the Earth 176 times.


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