26 Soviet Space Badges From the Heat of the Space Race

By Attila Nagy on at

There was a time when people proudly wore pins and badges of notable space achievements on their clothes. Such badges 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 badges 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


(Collection and photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo)