Magazine article Anglican Journal

CubeSat Launch

Magazine article Anglican Journal

CubeSat Launch

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An American who recently completed a personal mission of carrying a 40-pound cross around the world and made the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's longest trek, will next send a four inch version of the cross into space.

The cross is fashioned from the first cross he carried, which measured 12 feet by six feet, and will accompany a tiny Bible, to orbit the world.

When evangelist Arthur Blessitt, 60, returned from his most recent trek in March, across Cocos Island, the Coral Sea Islands and Tasmania, he created the smaller cross, soaked it in a preservative, and placed it in a transparent Plexiglas cube, called a CubeSat.

Mr. Blessitt, who began his country by country trek in 1969, has walked through 290 nations with the large redwood cross on his back over a period of 31 years. He has been arrested 24 times and said he has walked across all seven continents.

In his trip notes contained on his website, Mr. Blessitt said that over the years he has been turned away from half the churches where he requested a place for the cross overnight, but that the cross was never refused an overnight stay at a bar or a nightclub. …

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