Friday, November 03, 2006

Russian Orlan EVA Glove and Mirror

On April 4, 2000 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin launched aboard Soyuz TM-30 to make the final flight to the Russian MIR space station. Zalyotin, along with fellow cosmonaut Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, would make the last flight to MIR before it would be deorbited. Each cosmonaut brings flight spares of both gloves and mirrors used during EVA's. The Orlan glove pictured here is a non-flown flight spare. The mirror flew aboard Soyuz TM-30 and was an EVA spare. Additional pictures show Zalyotin holding the mirror after signing it. Also pictured is the official Soyuz TM-30 flight patch worn by the cosmonauts.

Russian Sokol KV-1 Glove

On March 22, 1981 Vladmir Aleksandrovich Dzhanibekov, along with Mongolian Cosmonaut Zhugderdemidiyn Gurragcha launched from the Baikonur Launch facility aboard Soyuz 39 on their way to dock with the Salyut 6 space station.
Prior to his launch Dzhanibekov trained for his mission at Star City outside of Moscow. During his training each Cosmonaut used a pair of Sokol training gloves.
The picture shows the right handed Sokol KV-1 glove used during Dzhanibekov's pre-flight training. The additional pictures are of Dzhanibekov and Gurragcha in the Soyuz trainer.