According to Lauren Vogelbaum with HOW STUFF WORKS:
If you’ve ever suspected that some astronauts sneak a little bit of booze into space, you’re not wrong. A few tipples have even been state sanctioned.
Russian cosmonauts may have been the first to imbibe in orbit. According to Mir space station alum Alexander Lazutkin, cognac was part of cosmonauts’ rations dating back to the beginning of the Space Age. He said that their doctors recommended it to “stimulate our immune system and on the whole to keep our organisms in tone.” And Alexander Poleshchuk, stationed on Mir in 1993, once reported finding extra bottles squirrelled away on the space station.
Meanwhile, the earliest instance in NASA’s records is when Buzz Aldrin drank on the moon. No, it wasn’t an astro-frat party. Aldrin, an elder of the Webster Presbyterian church, brought small packets of communion bread and wine along with him. He partook of them in a nondenominational ceremony during the first few hours after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, though the event was never broadcast.
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The first thing Buz Aldrin did on the moon was to sanctify that moment by taking communion! How cool is that? For the believer, everything is sanctified by the sacrifice of Christ. The first thing Noah did when he made land fall on a new world was to sanctify it by a sacrificial offering. And, no doubt, the first thing we will do in the New Heavens and the New Earth will be to sanctify it by commemorating the sacrifice of Christ.
There is a sense in which everyday presents us with a whole new world of possibilities and challenges. Before engaging that world, make sure you sanctify it by pausing to remember who has purchased you and at what price.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20).