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Bill Nelson
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posted 04-09-2013 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Nelson   Click Here to Email Bill Nelson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was the first Soviet manned spaceflight that had a mission patch designed for it that was worn by the crew during the mission?

Was it the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project? Or another mission?

lucspace
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posted 04-09-2013 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The very first space patch ever was worn by Valentina Tereshkova on her Wostok-6 mission in June 1963.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2013 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where on Valentina Tereshkova's suit was the patch sewn?

hoorenz
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posted 04-10-2013 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was on the left shoulder of the sky blue flightsuit she was wearing underneath her pressure suit.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2013 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a photo of the blue internal suit here, as part of a photo tour of the Zvezda Museum.

Is there a photo or film showing Tereshkova wearing the suit with the patch visible?

Mike Dixon
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posted 04-10-2013 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first patch worn on a RSS (regardless of whether it was "commissioned / designed" for the mission) was, as far as I know, Voshkod 2.

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posted 04-10-2013 01:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Is there a photo or film showing Tereshkova wearing the suit with the patch visible?
Yes, we found a movie clip just recently. Here is the entire item (relevant footage at 0:59 and 1:15).

hoorenz
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posted 04-10-2013 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mike Dixon:
The first patch worn on a RSS (regardless of whether it was "commissioned / designed" for the mission) was, as far as I know, Voshkod 2.

Both the Tereshkova patch and the Leonov (Woskhod-2) patch (despite some authors claiming it was arranged by Leonov himself) came with the suits. Both were designed and sewn onto the suits at the Zvezda factory.

For Tereshkova, at least three suits (all with the patch) were prepared (we know this because it is on display in at least three different museums in Russia).

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So, a search online (including SpacePatches.info and its Flickr account) does not seem to turn up a clean, detailed photo of Tereshkova's patch. Does someone have one to share?

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posted 04-10-2013 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See here. An unexpected place! Also, a reference is already made to the video fragment mentioned above.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2013 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hah! (I both love and hate it when that happens.)

I've moved to the linked thread to the Patches & Pins forum so that it might be more easily be found, especially as we approach the 50th anniversary of Vostok 6.

mooncollector
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posted 04-10-2013 11:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder if anyone has ever tried to render that irregular shape into some type of patch design?

Or, if anyone is game to TRY to... hint, hint...

It looks like an elongated (vertically) curved shield with protrusions for the bird, olive branch and "CCCP". Would be a tough job to make it into a patch like we are familiar with.

lucspace
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posted 04-11-2013 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Zvezda and spacepatches.nl have cooperated to have a limited number of reproductions and souvenir versions of this historic patch available for the 50th anniversary of Tereshkova's mission. Stay tuned!

David C
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posted 04-11-2013 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When are you planning on taking orders?

garyd2831
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posted 04-11-2013 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm game for one!!! That would be a great anniversary patch to produce!

hoorenz
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posted 04-11-2013 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by lucspace:
Zvezda and spacepatches.nl have cooperated

For this project, Zvezda agreed to remove Valentina's suit from the display, lay it out flat on a table, make photographs and supply us with the exact measurements. For obvious reasons, we can not share any pictures yet...

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