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Pope Makes First Papal Long-Distance Call to International Space Station

Thu 26 May, 2011 // Firstnumber Team
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Religion and Science came together on Saturday when Pope Benedict XVI made the first ever Papal call to space. The Pontiff gave his blessings to the 12 astronauts of the Endeavour shuttle, as well as putting various questions to the crew, asking their thoughts on the role of science in the attainment of world peace.

This is the first time a Pope has spoken with astronauts in orbit, representing the longest long distance call made from the Vatican in history.

The crew of the space shuttle are on a service mission to the International Space Station, in what will be the last hurrah of the Endeavour craft. When the crew return home, the shuttle is due to be retired and will be put on public display at the California Science Centre in Los Angeles.

One of the crew was Mark Kelly, whose wife Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of a shooting in Arizona back in January. Acknowledging this, the Pope asked Mr Kelly his views on the way that nations and people live with each other in the world, and wondered if his ability to contemplate the Earth from such a vantage point evoked such ponderings.

The call, which lasted some 20 minutes, allowed the Pope to offer his condolences to both Mark Kelly and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, whose Mother had recently passed away.

The call was streamed live on the internet site of Vatican Radio and CTV, the broadcasting arms of the Holy See.

A 20 minute call to an international space station may not be the norm for most, but we all make international calls now and again. With Firstnumber, you can be sure to get great deals on cheap international calls.

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