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    "This was flown to the moon to Tranquility Base"

    Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown Spacesuit Comfort Glove Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Signed and Certified with Signed Letter of Certification, in Framed Display. A left-handed glove liner that was flown to the lunar surface in the LM Eagle during the first manned lunar landing, July 20, 1969. This white cloth glove is 9.5" long and 7" wide as displayed. At the wrist area is found the following stamped information:

    A7L-103056-0X08
    L/N 035
    SIZE SLNG
    74897
    ALDRIN (stamped in large letters)

    Beneath that, he has written in black ink: "Flown to the Moon/ Apollo XI/ Buzz Aldrin". The purpose of these gloves, as taken from various NASA documents: "The comfort gloves may be used by the crewman for comfort. When used, they are worn beneath the EV or IV PGA pressure gloves to avoid chafe between the skin and the gloves. The comfort gloves are made of nylon tricot material and are available in either long or short lengths of standard small, medium, or large sizes. The comfort glove provides for easier donning of the pressure glove and acts as a sweat absorption layer between the hand and the pressure glove bladder."

    These comfort gloves, or glove liners, were an important part of the A7L spacesuit. Our research shows that Neil Armstrong apparently did not don his comfort gloves before the famous first lunar EVA: "The LMP demonstrated the capability to walk, run, change direction while running, and stop movement without difficulty. No thermal problems occurred during the EVA; however, the commander's hands sweated inside the EV gloves. Because the commander (CDR) did not wear comfort gloves, his hands tended to slip inside the EV gloves; consequently, there was a loss in his dexterity and ability to handle objects." (NASA TN D-8093: "Apollo Experience Report - Development of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit", page 3). We can't confirm that Aldrin wore this particular glove onto the lunar surface, but it was in the lunar module available for use.

    Included with this lot is a signed letter of certification from Aldrin, dated November 9, 1998, on his personal letterhead. It reads in full: "I hereby warrant and certify that the space suit glove liner, identified by the name of 'ALDRIN' and hand-stamped 'A7L-103056-0X08/ L/N 035, size SLNG/7489', is from my personal collection of Apollo artifacts. This glove liner was flown to the moon to Tranquility Base on the Apollo 11 flight of the 'Eagle' July 16-24, 1969."

    In this, the 50th anniversary year of Apollo 11, it would be difficult to locate a more important or better provenanced relic from this historical event. Nicely matted and framed to an overall 15" x 27" and ready to hang in your home or office. Glove exhibits light wear, overall very fine.


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    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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