Apollo Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance kit. The Beta cloth kit measures 6 x 5 x 1 and features a label to upper flap: "EMU Maintenance Kit." When fully opened the kit measures 13 x 14 and exposes the main pocket and pouch assemblies, with Velcro pads and loops to side flaps. The pocket assembly folds out to reveal four pockets, which contain: a rod of wrapped fabric repair tape (1″ wide and 36″ long unfurled) connected to a Beta cord lanyard, and used to complete small repairs to the Integrated Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment (ITMG) and Cover Lay Assembly (CLA); a pair of 5 x 5 Beta cloth repair patches for the ITMG and CLA; a set of eight oil-saturated lubricant pads to lubricate pressure sealing slide fasteners, seals, and ‘O’ rings; and a seal removal tool consisting of a nylon rod with angled tip, also affixed to a Beta cord lanyard, used to remove ‘O’ ring seals in the PGA wrist disconnect, pressure relief valve, helmet feed port, oxygen connectors, and LCG water connector.
The pouch assembly consists of eight transparent, heat-sealed pouches that contain: three repair patches used to seal accidental punctures of the Pressure Containing Bladder (PCB) of the Torso Limb Suit Assembly (TLSA); five measured strips of primary bladder repair sealant; a large replacement rubber seal for either suit glove wrist disconnect; three replacement 'O' rings for the pressure relief valve, the helmet feed port, and the water and gas connectors; six cleaning and anti-fog pads for helmet and visor; and instructions for maintenance kit content. The front of pouch assembly bears a parts label: "Item Pouch Assembly, EMU Maintenance Kit, Part No. A6L-503058-10 Serial No. 306 Spec. No. CD1012, Model No. A-6L Contract No. NAS 9-6100 Date 6/71, NASA ILC Industries Incorporated 74897." In very good condition, with expected wear from use. Accompanied by a detailed informational packet compiled by Dan Schaiewitz, who worked as Extravehicular Crew Training Engineer at KSC, which includes an image of him holding the EMU Maintenance Kit during training; also includes a 21.5 x 15.5 framed informational display. According to Schaiewitz, he was in charge of “evaluating procedural use changes that were made to the kit based on previous astronaut feedback. After my evaluation and consensus approval, the changes were ready for the astronauts to evaluate and comment on.” This kit was part of the equipment issued to the Apollo astronauts for use in the event minor repairs to the spacesuit became necessary. Such kits were carried aboard all spacecraft and lunar modules during the Apollo and Skylab missions. An uncommon and significant emergency space kit. From the collection of Dan Schaiewitz, who worked as Extravehicular Crew Training Engineer at KSC.
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