On ISS, Photos of Russian Space Pioneers Are Replaced With Religious Icons and Crucifixes


Sharp-eyed Redditor Vakhnenko noticed something striking in recent pictures of the Russian crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In previous photos, you could see, on the wall behind the space travelers, black-and-white portraits of famed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space) and rocket engineer Sergei Korolev (the father of the Soviet space program).


By Terry Firma|Friendly Atheist

Those photos have now been replaced by about half a dozen Christian icons — and two gold crucifixes.

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It’s possible (best-case scenario) that the Gagarin and Korolev photos have found a prominent spot elsewhere on the walls of the ISS.

We don’t know whether the icons and crucifixes reflect the current crew’s personal preferences, or if the initiative to display them came from higher up the chain of command.

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