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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Icons in Outer Space

MOSCOW () -- Russia has brought religion to the cosmos, delivering two icons Tuesday to the Mir space station to serve as symbols of peace and harmony in the former Yugoslavia and Europe, an official said.

The icons depicting St. Anastasia were blessed by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II and Pope John-Paul II, said Viktor Blagov, deputy head of Mission Control outside Moscow.

Anatoly Solovyov and Nikolai Budarin, the cosmonauts now abroad the Mir, carried them Tuesday from the space ferry into the station and placed them on each side of a portrait of Yuri Gagarin, the world's first man in space, Blagov said