Monday, 30 June 2008

Space suits.

An Apollo A6L Extravehicular Activity or EVA boot manufactured in October 1966. This design of boot may well have made it to the moon but the for the tragic Apollo 1 fire in January 1967 and the subsequent redesign of the suits.

In October of 1967 ILC Dover developed this prototype or Mk II over-boot.

The final Mk III design  in the year that followed differed slightly in appearance, but significantly retained the same boot tread. This sole came from the same mold as that used on Neil Armstrong's boots.

Complete with inner pressure glove and wrist connect, this unflown Apollo A7L EVA glove is a stunning artifact. Such a glove in private ownership is not unique. 
What does make this glove special however is that it was worn by Jim Irwin AFTER he had walked on the moon in July/August 1971 as Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot.
Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot stands besides his spacecraft "Falcon" and salutes his nation in The Hadley Apennines region of the moon: July 1971.

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