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Rusty Schweikart Apollo 9 Astronaut Space Suit Glove with Signed Photo (2)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
In the preparation for the manned lunar landing in 1969, the Apollo program completed a series of missions. The landing mission, of course, was named Apollo 11, but earlier that year NASA completed the test launching of a lunar module from an earth-orbiting command module. This requisite exercise was named Apollo 9. The three-man crew was comprised of James McDivitt, David Scott, and Rusty Schweikart. Schweikart actually piloted the deployed lunar module, and the entire mission (from launch to splashdown) took ten days. One of the relics emerging from that mission is this offered space suit glove. Designed to be fitted to his right hand, this glove is a marvel of technology. We have not a clue about the materials that were engineered into the glove, but we are sure this is unlike anything in our closet. A label stitched inside the wrist area states "Glove assembly, full pressure space suit assembly, prototype Apollo extra vehicular Mfg. Davic Clark Co., Inc. S1026 Ser. No. 101 P/N 16575G-02CAZZR Size: Schweikart Sept. 1968." The glove has some tearing at the inseam of the surface along the thumb (of no consequence but which should probably be fixed if the winner intends to use this in space) and a few areas of heavy surface wear. The glove is accompanied by a circa 1968 color NASA photograph (8 x 10 inches) that is signed ("10") and inscribed "To Kenny Cramer, Best Wishes, Yours Truly, Russell Schweickart, Apollo 9" (Ex). LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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