Mission patch for SoyuzTMA-17


2015-06-26 11:41:40


Mission patch for SoyuzTMA-17

Children's competition produces playful new design

Two youngsters, Dong Yue of China and Oleg Golovin of Russia, had their competition entries for the Soyuz TMA-17 badge combined to produce an attractive badge for the most recent space station mission.

Paul Fraser Collectibles currently have available a signed photograph of the Mercury 7 crew, the first US astronauts to travel into space.

Yue and Golovin were the runners-up in the competition for the TMA-16 badge, which was won by Nastya Mestyashova. The competition is ongoing, and future missions will be accepting ideas from children too.

Apart from the possibility of getting their design used, children entering the competition have the chance to travel to the launch centre to meet astronauts and cosmonauts, which Yue and Golovin have now done.

Soyuz TMA-17 badge

The design consists of a girl sitting on a hill with the moon in the background looking out towards an astronaut drawn like a constellation, which the space station in the distant background.

The names of the astronauts/cosmonauts Kotov, Noguchi and Creamer are naturally shown with their flags (Russia, China and USA respectively).

The mission is intended to commence this November.

No doubt at some stage examples of the badges will reach auction, with the space-flown ones worth a substantial amount.

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