Desirable pair of early circa 1968 Apollo space suit glove Thermal Micrometeoroid Garments (TMGs), each measuring 18″ long, constructed of white beta cloth and rare silver-gray Chromel-R material. In overall fine condition. This pair of gloves has been authenticated by Bill Ayrey, company historian at ILC Dover, the manufacturer of the Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station suits, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from him. The TMG was designed to protect the astronaut from solar radiation and micrometeoroids that may puncture the suit. Chromel-R, which cost approximately $3,000 per yard at the time of manufacture, was used as an outer layer where abrasion resistance was needed. This was the model of glove used just prior to the version that included the blue silicone finger-caps for improved grip. A highly desirable example of these scarce TMG gloves, which remain in excellent condition.
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