EVA Thermal Mitten, Shuttle

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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:

Astronauts report that their hands get cold while they are doing extravehicular activity, especially when they are not in sunlight. Two solutions were devised: fingertip heaters in their pressurized gloves and thermal mittens to wear over their gloves. This insulated mitten, developed by ILC, can add some warmth temporarily, but it would be removed for tasks that require finger dexterity. Astronauts tested mittens like this on the STS-63 space shuttle mission in 1995. Over the years, NASA gave the Museum a mitten pair and a variety of spacesuit gloves.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Materials

HT1-Nomex, Kevlar, Aluminized Kapton, Velcro

Dimensions

Clothing: 29.2 x 31.8 x 1.3cm (11 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1989

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Handwear

Inventory Number

A19970607000