Houston, TX: A combination of physicists and humorists from around the globe were mildly disappointed that Pope Benedict did not use his in flight conversation with the space shuttle astronauts to put to bed the famous comment attributed to the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin: "I don't see any God up here."
"If it had been me," commented RBCU* professor of physics Henry Gilson, S.J., "I would have been strongly tempted to tell the astronauts 'Hey, I want to share something I haven't told anyone else: there's God, right by nebula #4!' Or I at least would have begged them to say out loud 'Oh, yeah, I see God all over the place up here. That other guy musta been blind or something.'"
An unnamed humorist thought that although it was probably better that the Holy Father discussed lofty spiritual matters in a manner befitting his office, it was a shame he didn't go for some light humor: "The Holy Spirit's right out your left window! Heh, made you look. Although He is, you know" and "Could you count all the stars from there? I know Father Abraham had a tough go of that, but you're a lot closer, yes?" and "Have you seen Doctor Who up there yet? Because if I weren't a devout Christian, I'd want to smackdown some Daleks."
The Vatican Council on Social Communication said they would take such future conversations and humor possibilities under deep, deep, deep advisement.**
*RBCU=Really Big Catholic University
** triple deep advisement means never in a million years.