A NASA photographer has published a new photo of Father Sergius (whose last name is Bychkov), the rector of the Church of Saint George the Victorious and the official confessor of “Roscosmos” (Russian space industry corporation). On the picture Father is posing in Baikonur, where the largest cosmodrome is located, and wearing a jacket with words “Father Sergius” and “Roscosmos confessor” on the chest. This is the way Bychkov is actually called everyday.
He is not a newcomer here, Father Sergius has already been blessing rockets launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome for twenty years – since 1998, to be exact.
Main photo: Bill Ingalls, NASA