26 Soviet Space Pins From The Heat Of The Space Race

26 Soviet Space Pins From The Heat Of The Space Race

There was a time when people proudly wore pins and badges of notable space achievements on their clothes. Such pins were very popular in the Soviet Union — and anybody could buy almost any kind, choosing from a wide variety of these little decorative items.

Here is a collection of space pins from the first decades of the Soviet space program.

USSR Cosmos (undated)


Luna 2 Moon mission, 1959


Luna 1 Moon mission, 1959


Vostok 1 (Yuri Gagarin), 1961


Joint mission of Soyuz 6, 7, 8, 1969


Soyuz 11 and Salyut space station, 1971


USSR (undated)


Salyut 2, 1973


Vostok 2 (Gherman Titov), 1961


Soyuz spacecraft (undated)


Lunokhod 1 lunar rover mission, 1970


Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, 1975


Venera 1 mission to Venus, 1961


Red satellite (undated)


Sputnik 3, 1958


Sputnik 1, VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy, 1957)


Mars (c1960)


Soviet rocket (undated)


Vostok 3 (Andriyan Nikolayev), 1962

Pictures: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo