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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-04-2015 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet via Facebook:
For space collectors: here's the rarest of all space patches: the League of Unflown Astronauts (LUFA, established 2014), only awarded to its (yet unfortunate) members. We cross off all the names one by one, when one of us flies to space. It's a (brilliant) idea from the latest NASA class, the aptly-named 8 Balls.

p51
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posted 08-04-2015 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...annnnnnnnnnnnddd...

THEY'RE OFF!

Let the race begin to see who can find (astronaut) marked and unmarked versions of this patch!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-16-2016 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interestingly, there is a second version of this patch, with slightly different artwork.
Expedition 47 crew members Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) left, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos cross their names off the ceremonial "League of Unflown Astronauts" patch. Both are on their first spaceflight and were the 221st and 222nd individuals to visit the International Space Station, respectively.

MarylandSpace
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posted 04-16-2016 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The astronauts are using two different versions of Sharpies, too. Too much idle time for me this afternoon I guess.

MSS
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posted 09-05-2016 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A cake:

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-13-2016 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Twitter:
Happy to cross my name and resign my membership from the League of Unflown Astronauts!

MSS
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posted 07-11-2018 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NASA Johnson:
Expedition 56-57 crewmates Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos pose for a portrait aboard the International Space Station.

Philip
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posted 07-12-2018 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting project...

Russian
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posted 07-14-2018 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I managed to get the Russian version of the patch same as is seen over Serena and Sergei. But it is harder to get the initial smaller version without Russians.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-16-2020 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest version of the League of Unflown Astronaut patch has a new module attached. From Expedition 63 flight engineer Ivan Vagner via Twitter:
In this photo I cross my name out of the League of Unflown Cosmonauts (LUFA for astronauts).

The league was established in 2014 by cosmonauts with no spaceflight experience. Those who performed a spaceflight, leave the league and paint out their name on the patch.

MSS
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posted 10-21-2020 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Expedition 63 flight engineer Ivan Vagner via Twitter:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov struck himself out of the League of Unflown Cosmonauts (LUFA for astronauts).

molaire1
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posted 01-25-2021 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for molaire1   Click Here to Email molaire1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the LUFA patch.

Liembo
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posted 01-25-2021 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would there be any interest in a reproduction version of the most recent incarnation of the LUFA patch (with the black sidecar patch "LUFA-LINK 2019")? I am thinking of a two patch set, one to markup with a Sharpie at home, another to keep pristine for your collections.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 01-25-2021 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm game. The second patch is a fun idea. Similar to keeping score of a game [insert sport here] on a scorecard.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-25-2021 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge, the design(s) is/are not in the public domain and so permission from the original artist(s) would be needed for any replica.

Beyond that though, I don't think the intention was for the public and/or collectors to own the patch — only members of the LUFA — so creating such a replica would go against the spirit of the original(s).

Liembo
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posted 01-25-2021 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All valid points, Robert. 👍🏼

vanerie
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posted 01-26-2021 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanerie   Click Here to Email vanerie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liem: If you can find an approved work-around, I am interested.

p51
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posted 01-26-2021 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I find it ironic that the astronaut pin design is used in gold, which is reserved for flown astronauts (maybe that's the point).

It'd almost seem to make more sense to have it in silver like the pins for those who haven't gone up yet as those as unflown.

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