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- Date of production a set of unsewn patches from the spacesuit worn by Mirosław Hermaszewski during an outer space flight on 5 July 1978
- Dimensions height: a patch with the inscription “Polska” (“Poland”) 10.3 cm, a patch with the emblem of the Polish People’s Republic: 8.8 cm, length: a patch with the inscription “Polska” 11.5 cm, a patch with the Polish People’s Republic coat of arms: 7.7 cm, diameter: a patch with the inscription “Interkosmos” (“Intercosmos”) 10.5 cm
- ID no. KD 35
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- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Mirosław Hermaszewski — a brigadier general of the Polish Army and a cosmonaut, was the first and the only Pole to fly into space. In 1976, together with Colonel Zenon Jankowski, he was chosen from several hundred Polish pilots as the candidate for a space flight organised within the international Intercosmos space programme.more
Mirosław Hermaszewski — a brigadier general of the Polish Army and a cosmonaut, was the first and the only Pole to fly into space. In 1976, together with Colonel Zenon Jankowski, he was chosen from several hundred Polish pilots as the candidate for a space flight organised within the international Intercosmos space programme. Mirosław Hermaszewski flew into space together with Pyotr Klimuk on a Soyuz 30 spacecraft. Their flight lasted from 5.27 p.m. on 27 June until 4.31 p.m. on 5 July 1978. After two days they joined the Salyut 6 space station. On 5 July, after completing the research programme, they touched down on the Kazakh steppe.
During the 8-day mission, they orbited the Earth 126 times and several Polish records were broken, later certified by FAI (International Aviation Federation). For that flight Mirosław Hermaszewski was awarded with the Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union (No. 11 301), the Order of Lenin as well as the 1st Class Order of the Cross of Grunwald. The collection of patches from the spacesuit worn by general, pilot and cosmonaut Mirosław Hermaszewski is especially valuable as they are rare on a global scale – not only were the patches in outer space but they also belonged to the only Pole to perform a space flight.
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