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Pin, Tsiolkovskii Space Museum, Kaluga


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Pin, Tsiolkovskii Space Museum, Kaluga

Collection Item Summary:

Pins or znachki have a long and established Russian tradition. During the 19th century, workers received these pins as a reward for work done. It was during the Soviet period that the emphasis on the use of znachki shifted from rewarding work done to acting as souvenirs of national celebrations. By the late 1960s, schoolchildren began to collect and exchange the pins with foreigners. Today, space-themed znachki are popular among collectors worldwide. People of all ages wear the pins to celebrate and acknowledge anniversaries, programs and individuals of the space program.

This pin shows the Tsiolkovsky Space Museum in Kaluga, Russia.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.


metal and enamel


3-D: 3.8 x 1.3 x 2.5cm (1 1/2 x 1/2 x 1 in.)

Country of Origin



MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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