A copy of the European Union (EU) Constitution will be sent to the International Space Station in mid-April, the European Commission (EC) said in a press release Friday.
At the opening ceremony of the "Earth and Space Week" in Brussels, EC Vice-President Gunter Verheugen handed a copy of the EU Constitution to the European Astronaut Corps, represented by French astronaut Michel Tognini.
Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori will take the copy into space when he and two other colleagues are launched on April 15 from Baikonour in Khazakstan aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, the EC said.
Vittori will spend 10 days at the space station before returning to Earth while the two other crew members, a Russian and an American, will remain in space for six months.
The EU Constitution, finalized last June and signed by 25 EU member states last October, "symbolizes the aspiration of almost 500 million Europeans to work peacefully together," the press release said.
The EU Constitution is undergoing the procedure of ratification by EU member states. It will not take effect until ratification by all EU members.