Astronaut Carving in a 16th Century Cathedral

Catedral Nueva in Salamanca, Spain, was constructed between the 16th and 18th century - so how did an unmistakable carving of an astronaut end up amongst the baroque curlicue carvings and gothic monsters on the cathedral wall?

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The National Cathedral in Washington DC has a Darth Vader grotesque, as well as a stained glass window commemorating the moon landing. This sort of thing is not uncommon, it seems.
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From Wikipedia; "The astronaut, along with other contemporary symbols was added in 1992 during restoration work on the "new" cathedral. The person responsible for the restoration, Jeronimo Garcia, reportedly chose an astronaut as a fitting symbol of the twentieth century. According to an article about the restoration (in Portuguese - Click here for Google translation to English), it is a tradition of cathedral builders and restorers to include a contemporary symbol on the building as a means of "signing" their work."
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