KV-2 SPACE SUIT
astronaut Norman Thagard wore this space suit as the first American
to be launched on a Russian spacecraft. He arrived at the Mir space
station aboard Soyuz TM-21 in 1995 and spent almost four months
there as a member of the Mir 18 crew.
Sokol ("Falcon") space suit was designed in the early
1970s to protect cosmonauts during launch and landing or unexpected
emergencies. The plugs and tubes extending from the suit connect
to life-support systems built into the spacecraft.
suit was custom-made for Thagard. Notice the insignia of the Mir
space station mission, as well as the U.S. flag and his name in
English and Russian.