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


(Collection and photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo)