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    Prototype of the first Apollo Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment

    Apollo Spacesuit Program: Rare and Early SPD-143-3 "Suit Coverall" by International Latex Corporation, Manufactured July 26, 1963, Signed by the Apollo 12 Crew. Identified as AXC-IL-010 on the neck tag, this is an incredibly early iteration of the TMG coverall for the SPD-143 Training Suit. The information found on the ILC tag is as follows:

    ITEM: Suit Coverall
    IDENT. NO. AXC-IL-010
    MODEL NO. SPD-143-3
    SIZE MEDIUM REGULAR
    SERIAL 010 DATE 7-26-63
    CONTRACT NO. NAS 9-1964

    This one-piece metallic-finish suit is approximately 64" from neck to pants cuff, 20" across the waistline, 31" at the inside leg, and 31" from center of neck to sleeve cuff. The zipper at front is 25" from neck to crotch, the sleeve cuff zippers are 7" long, and the pants cuff zippers are 10" long. There are five openings on the front. It is boldly signed on the lower right torso in bold black felt tip: "Charles Conrad Jr", "Richard Gordon", and "Alan Bean". These signatures were obtained at a private signing staged by the Odyssey Group, circa 1994. There is certainly room for the addition of other signatures if so desired. This particular suit was issued, with various others, to NASA's Landing & Recovery Division in 1965 for use in Launchsite Recovery Exercises. It was never used for that purpose and was given a member of that team. We are proud to offer this rare and desirable early link in the chain of Apollo spacesuit development. We are not aware of another ever having been offered at auction. Very fine and well-suited (get it?) for display.

    The design of the eventual A7L Apollo spacesuit was a long and tedious process that actually started well before the end of the Mercury program. NASA began planning the project in 1960-61 and the formal competition for the Apollo spacesuit assembly began on March 30, 1962, with the acceptance of proposals by potential contractors. NASA's timetable was to finish the pressure suit development in three steps over ten months. Little did they suspect that it would eventually involve twenty-six designs, four companies, and more than three years before a base prototype concept was finally developed. This particular suit was one of the very first TMGs manufactured by ILC (note: serial #10). Until 1967, the plan was to use a separate Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment such as this to be worn over the pressure suit. For more detailed information on the history of the Apollo spacesuit, we highly recommend the book U.S. Spacesuits, Second Edition (Chichester UK: Springer, 2012), by Kenneth S. Thomas and Harold J. McMann, Section 6.2.




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