A handful of Russian soil will be delivered to the ISS, which Sergey Ryzhikov, who is the commander of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, plans to take with him. The cosmonaut's words were spoken at the Russia Today conference.
According to Ryzhikov, he is going to take his favorite books with him to the ISS, including the Gospel. In addition, he will grab the stone from Mount Tabor, since it is the crew's call sign. Also, the ship's commander plans to take with him a handful of Russian soil depicted on the emblem of the cosmonauts. Soyuz-17 will be launched from Baikonur in mid-October, with three crew members.
Earlier, the Russian cosmonauts told how they would behave in the event of a meeting with representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations. There is no clear regulation for such a situation, because no one has come across aliens before.