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Glove, Space Suit, Dennis Tito, Left

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This glove is part of the Sokol ("Falcon") space suit was custom-made for Dennis Tito from off-the-shelf and previously tested parts. The California businessman became the first tourist in space on April 28, 2001. After months of training and preparations in Moscow and at the Cosmonaut Flight Training Center in Star City, Russia, Tito was launched on board the Soyuz TM-32 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and spent six days on board the International Space Station (ISS). He paid the Russians a reported $20 million for this adventure.

Dennis Tito wore this left glove as part of his rescue suit during the launch to the ISS. The glove is part of the Sokol KV-2 (Falcon) pressure suit, is white nylon canvas around the wrist with an anodized aluminum coupling that attaches the glove to the suit. The astronaut's initials in Russian, DT, are stamped on the inside of this white cuff in blue. The hand and finger portion of the glove consist of a custom molded rubber hand that is reinforced with leather in the palm. Between the leather and rubber are metal reinforcement bars that prevent the glove from distending while under pressure.

Dennis Tito donated this glove to the Museum with his space suit in 2003.

Collection Item Long Description:

This glove is part of the Sokol ("Falcon") space suit was custom-made for Dennis Tito from off-the-shelf and previously tested parts. The California businessman became the first tourist in space on April 28, 2001. After months of training and preparations in Moscow and at the Cosmonaut Flight Training Center in Star City, Russia, Tito was launched on board the Soyuz TM-32 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and spent six days on board the International Space Station (ISS). He paid the Russians a reported $20 million for this adventure.

Dennis Tito wore this left glove as part of his rescue suit during the launch to the ISS. The glove is part of the Sokol KV-2 (Falcon) pressure suit, is white nylon canvas around the wrist with an anodized aluminum coupling that attaches the glove to the suit. The astronaut's initials in Russian, DT, are stamped on the inside of this white cuff in blue. The hand and finger portion of the glove consist of a custom molded rubber hand that is reinforced with leather in the palm. Between the leather and rubber are metal reinforcement bars that prevent the glove from distending while under pressure.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Astronaut

Dennis Tito

Manufacturer

Zvezda

Credit Line

Gift of Dennis Tito

Materials

Synthetic Fabric, woven cloth, leather, rubber/neoprene, anodized aluminum, steel reinforcement, nylon

Dimensions

  • Clothing: 25.4 × 12.1cm, 0.5kg (10 × 4 3/4 in., 1lb.)
  • Other (Wrist Ring): 11cm (4 5/16 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

Russia

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Handwear

Inventory Number

A20030122003