Universal Astronaut Insignia to unite world space explorers and travelers

Two days after Yuri Gagarin became the world’s first person to fly into space, his country, the former Soviet Union, presented him with a small, military-style insignia representing that he was a Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR.

The first-of-its-kind device, depicting a satellite and spacecraft in orbit over Earth, would go on to be presented to every Soviet cosmonaut who made a spaceflight through 1991, and then, after a slight redesign, awarded to every Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation to this day.


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