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ColinBurgess
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posted 01-26-2005 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a close-up photograph they could share with me of the patch emblem carried by Valentina Tereshkova on the left breast of the lightweight blue suit she wore under the orange pressure suit on her Vostok flight?

It's in the Museum at the Gagarin Training Centre and I've had it described to me, but I'd certainly like to see it for myself. It is described by many as featuring a dove, but when I asked Tereshkova in Coventry she was quite emphatic that it was a seagull - her call sign.

kyra
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posted 01-29-2005 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is most definitely a dove as it has the olive branch in its beak!

lewarren
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posted 01-30-2005 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-30-2005 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My curiosity was aroused because I spent a lot of time chatting with Valentina and Museum Director Elena at Coventry in October, and I specifically asked why she had a dove embroidered onto her track suit when her call sign was Seagull.

Both Valentina and Elena knew exactly what I was asking, as I had an STS-114 mission patch on the shirt I was wearing, and we spent a bit of time in friendly discussion about it. But both of them were adamant that the bird carrying the olive branch on her patch was a seagull.

Now I'm no ornithologist, but if that's not a dove on her patch then I'll give up.

On edit: Valentina told me it was put together as a surprise by two ladies in the spacesuit design area. This could be where the problem originates — they might have made it a dove, but when Tereshkova flew with the new callsign "Chaika" (Seagull) she may have adopted it as that species of bird. In training she was called "Birch" and another of the women cosmonauts, perhaps Solovyeva, actually had the callsign of Seagull.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-14-2013 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Fifty years ago, first woman to fly in space wore world's first mission patch

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who 50 years ago this Sunday (June 16) launched aboard the Soviet Union's Vostok 6 mission, set a world record by becoming the first woman in space. But her gender wasn't the only contribution that Tereshkova made to the cultural history of space exploration — she was also the first to wear a mission emblem on her spacesuit, although it was hidden from view.

Now half a century later, a Dutch artist is set to bring that patch into the light — and to the public — by producing replicas.

hoorenz
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posted 06-15-2013 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Luc! Your dream has come true.

KAPTEC
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posted 06-15-2013 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Luc.

A GREAT job and a perfect homage for Valentina. The real first patch... and you made it!

KSCartist
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posted 06-15-2013 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Luc, Erik and Jacques. Another wonderful contribution to patch collecting.

Ronpur
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posted 06-15-2013 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is very exciting news! Congrats!

hoorenz
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posted 06-24-2013 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin had the patch with them during their June 24, 2013 EVA. It was attached to the pressurized container they carried with them, flanked by two VKD-33 (Russian EVA-33) patches.

David C
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posted 06-29-2013 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My patches arrived today, and I must congratulate Jacques on his excellent work.

The full size version in particular has a real vintage look and feel to it. The half scale (quarter area) is also lovely but does look very small in comparison.

JBoe
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posted 07-01-2013 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too received my Tereshkova patch, the half size, and Jacques definitely out did himself on this!

Ronpur
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posted 07-01-2013 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My half size came in today as well! It is beautiful!

johntosullivan
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posted 07-02-2013 04:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan   Click Here to Email johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got the half size. Excellent work!!

Jacques van Oene
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posted 07-02-2013 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all for your kind words.

keith.wilson
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posted 07-02-2013 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keith.wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the EVA photos from 24 June it would appear that Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, (Expedition 36 flight engineer) had the patch on his suit. Take a look at NASA photos ISS036-E-011479 | 11480 | 11481

hoorenz
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posted 07-02-2013 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct! It is the small version, which we specifically prepared for Fyodor to wear on his Orlan suit. The large version was on the pressurized container — which was a surprise for us too.

Please let me remind you that it is Luc van den Abeelen who deserves all credits for these reproductions.

mooncollector
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posted 07-02-2013 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my full-size and half-size patches today. Absolutely fantastic work. Thanks!

I guess Tereshkova was a petite gal, the full-size is maybe an inch or so smaller than what it looked like in her flight suit pictures.

The first time I saw those pics I began hoping that someone would take up the challenge of getting replicas made. They were just absolutely must have. This patch is the first of the long line of space patches we all enjoy and the design is an incredible, vintage bit of history that evokes the Soviet spirit of the time. They really romanticized the beginning of the Space Age with their own unique style.

hoorenz
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posted 07-08-2013 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A large replica was presented by Zvezda to Valentina Tereshkova on June 19, 2013 in Star City.

kosmo
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posted 08-19-2013 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my half size and full size Vostok 6 patches, very very nice.

Ronpur
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posted 08-19-2013 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my full size today, and it is even more spectacular than the half size!

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