Arm Bag, Sokol KV-2, Thagard

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This arm bag belongs to the spacesuit that NASA astronaut Norman Thagard wore during the launch on board Soyuz TM-21 on March 14, 1995 enroute to the Mir Space station as a member of the Mir 18 Mission (3/14/95-7/7/95). Dr. Thagard was the first American to participate in a joint Russian-American human flight mission since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. He is also the first American to launch on board a Soyuz spacecraft.

Astronauts used the bag to protect the arm rings on the Sokol KV-2 (Falcon) pressure suit from damage during their stay on board a space station. Each bag is clearly labeled with the Russian word for arm.

NASA transferred this to the Museum in 1996.