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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-12-2012 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-04M mission patch

Soyuz TMA-04M, which is scheduled to launch on March 29, 2012 (March 30 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan), will fly Roscosmos cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, together with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, to the International Space Station (ISS).

Acaba, Padalka and Revin are three of six crew members comprising Expeditions 31 and 32.


Credit: Roscosmos/NASA

The Soyuz TMA-04M emblem was the first Soyuz crew patch since December 2008 to be designed without drawing its inspiration from children's artwork. The design contest that led to the earlier student-influenced insignias ended with the previous Soyuz flight.

"We participated in designing it as a crew," Padalka commented in a recent interview with collectSPACE. "We had a group of people who designed it and they did a great job."

Dutch artist Luc van den Abeelen led the design work at the request of the crew.

The insignia depicts the Earth, crowned by the Russian exploration ship Nadezhda, captained by Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern on the first Russian round-the-world expedition from 1803 to 1806.

"More than two centuries later, the Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-04M is in orbit around our home planet, on its way towards the International Space Station for continued exploration of space and on-orbit research," according to the emblem's official description.

The patch is framed by a ring, inspired by a compass rose, indicating the four cardinal directions, and bronze instruments like the sextant and the astrolabe.

Describing the emblem's use of a nautical motif, Padalka said that it was intended to evoke "traveling in deep space with an international crew."

Fezman92
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posted 01-12-2012 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 01-12-2012 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love the nautical theme!

KAPTEC
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posted 01-12-2012 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your works are being better and better on each one! I only can say WOW! and take off my hat. Once again congratulations to the Soyuz Crew Graphics Support.

nathan.moeller
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posted 01-12-2012 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nathan.moeller   Click Here to Email nathan.moeller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely stunning. Well done to Luc and team! Can't wait to have this one!

J Blackburn
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posted 01-12-2012 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too love the nautical theme. Very nice and a job well done!

KSCartist
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posted 01-12-2012 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a sneak preview of this last year when Luc last visited KSC. It is without a doubt one of the best crew patches ever!

Congratulations to Luc and everyone involved. Beautiful job!

mama04
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posted 01-12-2012 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mama04   Click Here to Email mama04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh my Lord, that is just stunning. Drop dead gorgeous. You have really done a great job on this on. And I personally believe it is the best crew patch I have ever seen (no offense Tim, as you have produced some great ones yourself).

Can't wait to see it 'live' .

QuiGon Grin
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posted 01-12-2012 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was a bit worried when I heard the the children's artwork design contests had ended, as I thought these contests had brought real diversity and life to the Soyuz patches. which in my opinion was sorely needed.

Then I saw this. WOW!

I have to agree I think this is among the best patches ever. In a way I think it harkens back, in terms of design, to the glory days of Apollo.

I wonder though can the three dimensional elements be pulled off in embroidery?

Jacques van Oene
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posted 01-12-2012 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by QuiGon Grin:
I wonder though can the three dimensional elements be pulled off in embroidery?
Yes it can... not as good as in the art, but it is done very well!!

butch wilks
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posted 01-12-2012 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic looking patch, one of the best I've seen for colors in some time (as good as STS-129). Cannot wait to get it.

I too wish to add my congratulations to the Soyuz Crew Graphics Support Group from the UK. Well done.

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posted 01-12-2012 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marwin2   Click Here to Email Marwin2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by butch wilks:
Soyuz Crew Graphics Support Group
What is it?

Jacques van Oene
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posted 01-12-2012 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is it.... Spacepatches.nl

See Facebook, Twitter for all the updates on new Soyuz patches....

SpaceAngel
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posted 01-12-2012 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DAD-GUM!

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BEAUTIFUL!!! - I love it! My favourite things on patches are sailing vessels (and eagles). Looking at this patch I can feel there is a strong relationship between the the explorers who sailed over the oceans centuries ago and the astronauts and cosmonauts who fly to space in spaceships today. It's WONDERFUL, congratulations to the artist!

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posted 01-12-2012 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Emblem Art   Click Here to Email Space Emblem Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really great! Very distinctive. I like it!!

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posted 01-12-2012 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All I can do here is join the chorus of "oohs" and "ahhs." Already one of my favorites... wonderful work by all involved.

QuiGon Grin
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posted 01-12-2012 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jacques van Oene:
Yes it can... not as good as in the art, but it is done very well!!
I can't wait to see it!

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posted 01-12-2012 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This patch is fantastic!! With every patch I think it's the best yet. Then the next one is released and it's even better. Congratulations on another fantastic patch!!

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posted 01-12-2012 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the best patch designs ever by any entity.

I just hope they will be obtainable to collectors and any of the general public that want one. Russian space patches are getting easier nowadays to find and I certainly hope that trend continues.

Thanks to this site I learn more all the time about this hobby of collecting patches, models, etc. Good info here.

pargoo
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posted 01-12-2012 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pargoo   Click Here to Email pargoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree totally with that sentiment. One of the nicest designs ever, EVER!

Jacques van Oene
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posted 01-13-2012 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mooncollector:
I just hope they will be OBTAINABLE to collectors and any of the general public that want one.
The official patches will be available in March of this year to anyone who wants one... You can contact me then for more info.

lucspace
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posted 01-13-2012 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the compliments, guys! This one really turned out the way I hoped, and I feel it is my best patch yet! Can't imagine doing something better very soon...

Keep an eye on these pages, as I plan to do something special with this art!

Cheers!

dogcrew5369
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posted 01-13-2012 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always love the blending of nautical and space, past with future exploration. Never can go wrong in this area. Great design. Using a compass was brilliant.

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posted 01-13-2012 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will there be a similar patch for the backup crew?

Jacques van Oene
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posted 01-13-2012 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there is already one...

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Just the added touch of tilting the compass rose back at an angle was brilliant. This really enhances the three dimensional aspect of the design.

I don't have too many ISS or Soyuz patches in my collection, but I'll definitely be getting this one. Also looking forward to more news on your plans with this patch.

johntosullivan
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posted 06-05-2012 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received this patch today. I must say, I think it's my favourite Soyuz patch of all time!

I got it from the Netherlands so its the real deal.

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I received my TMA-04 patch and pin today. - Thank You, Jacques and congratualtions to spacepatches.nl for doing this wonderful patch. I am not a Russian space patches collecter, because I am more interested in NASA. The only Russian patches I have in my collection are a Russian ASTP Crew Patch, the Soyuz TMA-21 "Gagarin" Patch and the TMA-04 and this is one of the most beautiful space patches I have ever seen!

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