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Salyut/Shuttle Fantasy Patches

In the early 1980's, the Soviets were using their Salyut-7 space station for regular Soyuz missions, including 10 manned missions. The station served as a science platform that would be Mir's predecessor. Throughout the 1970's on the heels of the Apollo-Soyuz project, Soviet and US representives discussed the possibility of a US space shuttle docking mission to a Salyut station. This would include the possibility of ferrying Soviet cosmonauts on the shuttle. Unfortunately these plans never made it past the discussions stages.

However, had such a mission occured, in 1981 as planned, it would have likely been the space shuttle Columbia docking with Salyut 7. I designed this patch as if this fantastic joint United States/Soviet mission occured under the old Soviet "Interkosmos" program. 

I don't have any plans to produce this patch unless there are indications of interest, so it's merely a fun exercise in retro patch design.

 

 

Another fantasy design originated from a Russian documentary about the idea of the US capturing the ailing Salyut 7 station with a space shuttle. A widely-panned and debunked documentary called "The Battle for Salyut: A Space Detective" aired in Russia in 2011. While that scenario was conceptualized as the US capturing the station in order to gain its secrets, it would likely have been marketed as a "rescue" had the word gotten out. This fantasy patch is my idea of a patch that might have been released to mark such an event had it actually been feasable. The term "rescue" would imply some sort of cooperation on the part of the US when in fact it would likely be an act of war at the time.