EVA GLOVEON TWO MIR SPACEWALKS.
Anatoly Solovyev's left glove from his "Orlan" (Bald Eagle) EVA space suit. Nylon glove lined with rubber, anodized aluminum wrist coupling, insulated nylon gauntlet, pebbled rubber grip pads, flap with velcro closures at back of hand, 15½ inches in length, serial number at hem. Manusript table of radio transmission times written on gauntlet in 16 lines. Two Mir inkstamps on flap. SIGNED BY SOLOVYEV on the flap.
ON TWO SPACEWALKS TO MAKE REPAIRS AT THE MIR COMPLEX, 17 and 26 July, 1990. Solovyev and fellow cosmonaut Aleksandr Balandin spent over 10 hours in space repairing the Soyuz TM-9 spacecraft. The first EVA secured the damaged thermal blankets over a period of 7 hours. But at the start of this EVA Kvant 2's airlock hatch was damaged. It had been released while a slight pressure remained in the airlock and the hatch was blown off its hinges. On the second spacewalk, the cosmonauts were able to force the hatch closed and lock it safely for re-entry. Sold with a SIGNED color photograph of Solovyev and Balandin, 4 by 7 inches and a document concerning the Omega watch originally attached to this glove.
Provenance: Russian Space History, Sotheby's, December 1993, lot 170.