INTERKOSMOS Space Patch Embroidered T-Shirt
Finally in stock! Embroidered space patch T-shirt for Interkosmos cosmonauts.
• 100% combed ringspun cotton
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Left chest embroidery
• Seamed collar
• Double stitched sleeves and bottom hem
Shipped from USA & EU.
Interkosmos was the name of the Soviet space program, which was designed to help the Soviet Union's allies with crewed and uncrewed space missions.
The program included the nations of the Warsaw Pact, CoMEcon, and other nations like Afghanistan, Cuba, Mongolia and Vietnam. India, Syria, France and Austria also participated in the program.
The program was responsible for sending into space the first citizen of a country other than the USA or USSR: Vladimir Remek of Czechoslovakia.
Interkosmos also resulted in the first black and Hispanic person in space, Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez of Cuba, and the first Asian person in space, Pham Tuan of Vietnam.
Of the countries involved, only Bulgaria sent two cosmonauts in space, though the French spationaut, Jean-Loup Chretien, flew on two separate flights.
The Soviet Union also made offers of joint crewed spaceflight on a commercial basis to the UK, Japan and Finland, resulting in the first British and Japanese cosmonauts.
Following the Apollo-Soyuz Test project,there were talks between NASA and Interkosmos in the 1970s about a "Shuttle-Salyut" program to fly Space Shuttle missions to a Salyut space station, with later talks in the 1980s even considering flights of the future Soviet shuttles from the Buran programme to a future US space station. Whilst the Shuttle-Salyut program never materialised during the existence of the Soviet Interkosmos program, after the dissolution of the USSR the Shuttle-Mir Program would follow in these footsteps and pave the way to the International Space Station.