I am wondering if any astronauts took a copy of the Holy Bible into space. I know the crew of Apollo 8 read part of Genesis 1 in space, but I am wondering if anyone took a full Holy Bible into space.

  • $\begingroup$ Of note: Buzz Aldrin took a small cross on a chain (the kind worn around one's neck) to the Moon. The cross is currently on display at the Cathedral Museum at the royal Wawel Castle, in Cracow, Poland. $\endgroup$ – SF. Sep 18 '17 at 1:15

The astronauts' personal preference kit allowances were small enough that carrying a large format bible would be inconvenient. However, several microfilm copies of the Bible were taken on Apollo missions.


Ilan Ramon, an Israeli Air Force pilot took a very small Torah scroll (So complete first 5 books, Pentateuch in English/Greek I guess) on the Columbia mission that burned up on re-entry. (Columbia and crew burned up, I mean).

  • $\begingroup$ The bodies were burned, but remained in one part. 15 seconds later that the air escaped their cabin, they were unconscious. Ilan Ramon had hebrew first language, thus he understood the text in original version, which sounds archaic but understable for them (although he may have used an English on practical, or Greek on some traditional reason, the latter is in the case of a Jew unlikely). The small scroll may have survived the arrival (some worms for experiments survived), but if it survived, it likely wasn't ever found (as far I know, lesser as half of the Columbia's mass were ever found). $\endgroup$ – peterh Sep 18 '17 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ It was a Torah scroll, written in Hebrew in ink on parchment. He could read it, as could anyone who can read modern Hebrew. Some of the words do not have modern usages. (Lots of animals and utensils that are not common). $\endgroup$ – geoffc Sep 18 '17 at 23:59

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