Precious Cross of God in Space

The Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the Precious Cross have been taken aboard the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS)."We have four holy icons on the Russia segment. We also have the Gospels and a big cross," said the cosmonaut Maksim Suraev.

Russia Today reported that the Lord's Divine Cross was given to A.N. Merminov, the head of Roscosmos, by the late Patriarch of Moscow Aleksy II. The cross was delivered to the station in 2006 by the crew of Soyuz TMA-8.

Suraev added that he has a reliquary cross in his cabin.

"It will be with me the whole expedition and will return with me to Earth," the cosmonaut said.

Sources: Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, CNA