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

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Luna 1 Moon mission, 1959

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Vostok 1 (Yuri Gagarin), 1961

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Joint mission of Soyuz 6, 7, 8, 1969

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Soyuz 11 and Salyut space station, 1971

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USSR (undated)

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Salyut 2, 1973

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Vostok 2 (Gherman Titov), 1961

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Soyuz spacecraft (undated)

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Lunokhod 1 lunar rover mission, 1970

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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, 1975

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Venera 1 mission to Venus, 1961

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Red satellite (undated)

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Sputnik 3, 1958

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

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Mars (c1960)

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Soviet rocket (undated)

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Vostok 3 (Andriyan Nikolayev), 1962

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(Collection and photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo)