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Soyuz TM-24 Cassiopée mission patch, 1996
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- Title Soyuz TM-24 Cassiopée mission patch, 1996
- Released 31/05/2007 10:12 am
- Copyright CNES
As part of the Russian-French Cassiopée mission, CNES astronaut Claudie André-Deshays became the first French woman in space on Soyuz TM-24. She flew to the Mir space station for 16 days in 1996, together with cosmonauts Valeri Korzun and Alexander Kaleri.
They joined US astronaut Shannon Lucid and Mir 21 crewmates Yuri Onufriyenko and Yuri Usachev. André-Deshays carried out biological and medical experiments on Mir before returning to Earth with Onufriyenko and Usachev.
Like other international missions, the CNES Cassiopée logo was adopted as the official mission patch. However, Novosti Kosmonavtiki also designed a Soyuz TM-24 flight patch (and an EO-22 'expedition' patch. Some bad luck occurred one week before the mission - with the patches already sewn - it was announced that Russian crewmembers Gennadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov would be replaced by their back-ups Korzun and Kaleri, because Manakov had fallen ill.
The patches were remade, but not ready in time for the crew to wear them for launch.