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)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Luna 2 Moon mission, 1959

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Luna 1 Moon mission, 1959

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Vostok 1 (Yuri Gagarin), 1961

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Joint mission of Soyuz 6, 7, 8, 1969

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Soyuz 11 and Salyut space station, 1971

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

USSR (undated)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Salyut 2, 1973

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Vostok 2 (Gherman Titov), 1961

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Soyuz spacecraft (undated)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Lunokhod 1 lunar rover mission, 1970

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, 1975

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Venera 1 mission to Venus, 1961

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Red satellite (undated)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Sputnik 3, 1958

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

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

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Mars (c1960)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Soviet rocket (undated)

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race
26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Vostok 3 (Andriyan Nikolayev), 1962

26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

Pictures: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo

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