Design for Space - Soviet and Russian Mission Patches
The Design for Space volume documents a rare collection of almost 250 mission patches worn by Soviet and Russian cosmonauts alike, as well as their international colleagues when they travelled through space together. Alexander Glushko, one of the leading specialists in manned space flight and rocket technology in Russia, categorises for the first time partially forgotten emblems which have been compiled from various archives. Irrespective of whether this involves abstract symbols or figurative depictions – such as the Russian-French “Starman” dating back to 1982 or the “The Buddha’s Wheel” from the joint Russian-Indian mission in 1984 – these countless variations of motifs and forms are integrated into a complex, often contradictory, system. They were intended to express the significance of heroism within Soviet society and, at the same time, promote an appreciation of achievements. This collection provides ample historical background information and traces developments in Soviet and Russian symbolism. Furthermore, Glushko displays the emblems together with rare photographs of space crews to help the reader make associations. This book thus provides a basis for interpreting cosmic heraldry, which has been tightly knit with the Russian history of space travel.
This book will inspire space enthusiasts, cultural historians and experts on heraldry in equal measure. For more in-depth reading on the topic, we offer a monograph on the space architect Galina Balashova. In addition to spaceships, she has also designed arguably the most widely known emblem, namely that of the Soviet-American Apollo-Soyuz flight in 1975.
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