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Coupling Bag, Sokol KV-2, Thagard

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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 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 use the bag to protect the electronic couplings on the Sokol KV-2 (Falcon) pressure suit during their stay on board a space station. The bag protects the suit from damage. Each bag is clearly labeled with the Russian designation for the coupling that it protects.

NASA transferred this to the Museum in 1996.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Materials

  • Cotton
  • Synthetic Fabric
  • Ink
  • BAG - BLUE-GRAY SYNTHETIC DOUBLE KNIT BAG
  • CORD - SYNTHETIC BRAIDED PULL CORD

Dimensions

Other: 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 3/4 in. (11.4 x 5.7 x 1.9cm)

Country of Origin

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits-Parts & Structural Components

Inventory Number

A19970069009