Spaceship Soyuz-5, illustration by Yury Kopeiko (1969)
Remembering the crew of Soyuz 11—
Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev—who died returning from their mission due to their capsule depressurizing on the night of June 29, 1971.
The first cosmonauts of the Soviet Union (1960)
Yuri Gagarin amidst celebrations marking his space flight. The boy is dressed up as a cosmonaut, his headpiece reads USSR.
“Songs About Space” (1969)
Soviet film with space-themed songs and footage of Yuri Gagarin and his fellow cosmonauts.
Soviet space dog Zvyozdochka (Little Star) made one orbit on board Korabl-Sputnik 5 on 25 March 1961 with a wooden cosmonaut dummy in the final practice flight before Gagarin’s historic flight on 12 April. She safely returned to Earth.
Yury Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934.
Happy birthday Yura!
You may have noticed that many of the Soviet space-themed pins are pentagon shaped. Why is that? The pentagon shape is a reference to the Moon pennant that was sent to the Moon on Luna-2 spacecraft in 1959.
I bought this collection of 400+ space-themed pins yesterday (it’s not from the flea market but from a local man) – and I’m in awe! What a treasure.