Cosmonaut A. Serebrov flown Orlan Spacesuit Wrist Mirror Mir Expedition-14 Soyuz TM-17

Cosmonaut A. Serebrov flown Orlan Spacesuit Wrist Mirror Mir Expedition-14 Soyuz TM-17

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The writings on the back of the mirror : " 22 and 29 October 1993 SAA” This mirror was used during his EVA in October 22 and October 29 October 1993 as Panorama inspections  after the Perseids meteor shower  damaged Mir Space Station.

The writings on the back of the mirror : " 22 and 29 October 1993 SAA” This mirror was used during his EVA in October 22 and October 29 October 1993 as Panorama inspections  after he Perseids meteor shower  damaged Mir Space Station.

The wrist mirror worn over EVA Orlan spacesuit gloves, so that it would be convenient to read everything and press the desired button.

An Orlan spacesuit is an extremely complex unit. During operation, the cosmonaut constantly adjusts various parameters - oxygen supply, pressure and much more. Some of the buttons and switches are on the chest and on the belt, which can not be seen from behind the helmet and feel groping because of the dense fabric of the mittens. Therefore, with one hand, the astronaut directs the mirror to his stomach, and the other manages control. That’s why on the spacesuit, some notation for the controls is written in a mirror.

Mirror has some scratches, otherwise this artifact is in fine condition. The wrist mirror placed in 3D display.

Some information and interesting facts:

 Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov( 1944-2013) —a veteran of four space missions to two different space stations and the 26th most experienced spacefarer of all time. During his lengthy career within the Soviet and later Russian cosmonaut corps, he flew two short-duration missions to the Salyut 7 space station and two long-duration missions to the Mir space station. He accrued more than 372 days in space and entered the headlines in early 1990 when he tested the Soviet Union’s answer to NASA’s Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) a “space motorbike” known as “Icarus.”

For the planned four-month Soyuz TM-17 expedition, Serebrov was teamed with fellow Russian Vasili Tsibliyev, and French astronaut Jean-Pierre Haigneré would accompany them to Mir for about three weeks. Only hours before their 5:33 p.m. Moscow Time liftoff on 1 July 1993, there was a temporary power blackout at the Baikonur launch pad and the electricity supply in the nearby city of Leninsk failed completely. Arriving at Mir two days later, the space station’s population was temporarily increased to a five-man crew for almost three weeks, thanks to the presence of Soyuz TM-16 crewmen Gennadi Manakov and Aleksandr Poleshchuk. Three weeks of French research work was punctuated on 22 July, when Manakov, Poleshchuk, and Haigneré returned to Earth, leaving Tsibliyev and Serebrov alone for a mission which they expected to end in November.

August was a relatively quiet month, although the Perseids meteor shower produced a spectacular display for them. In readiness for a possible emergency return to Earth, Russian aircraft and rescue forces were placed on alert, and Tsibliyev and Serebrov watched, around-the-clock, from Mir’s windows as a total of 240 meteoroids burned up in the atmosphere. Several impacts were observed on the space station’s windows, creating pit-like craters, and particle fluxes were 2,000 times higher than normal. Tsibliyev referred to them as “battle wounds” and noted that they had caused minor damage to solar panels on the base block and Kristall. Although Mir sustained no obvious structural damage, it was decided to stage an EVA in September to inspect the exterior.The two cosmonauts spent more than four hours outside on 16 September, followed by another three hours on the 20th, primarily to assemble a cylindrical girder, extendible to some 16 feet (5 meters), atop the Kvant-1 module, which had design implications for Russia’s planned Mir-2 station. Then, on 28 September, they carried out a two-hour inspection, known as “Panorama,” in which a small hole was spotted in one of Mir’s solar arrays.The damaged area was surrounded by cracks, but the cosmonauts were unable to determine if a Perseid strike was responsible. This EVA was scheduled for four hours, but ended earlier than planned when a cooling issue was experienced with Tsibliyev’s suit; he was forced to remain close to the Kvant-2 airlock, whilst Serebrov completed the photography of Mir and collected detector plates from a NASA-provided exposure experiment.


A fourth and fifth EVA on 22 and 29 October concluded the Panorama inspections and enabled them to examine the entire outer skin of Mir. In the excursion on the 22nd, Serebrov suffered a problem in the oxygen flow system of his suit, which had been worn 13 times by previous cosmonauts and had exceeded its recommended operational lifetime. As a consequence, the spacewalk was curtailed and the cosmonauts returned to the Kvant-2 airlock after just 38 minutes. The final EVA on the 29th experienced no such problems, however, and Serebrov established a world record for the most spacewalks by one person, with a grand total of 10. They ended the excursion by tossing overboard the Orlan suit which had caused problems on 22 October … after rigging it so that it appeared to be saluting, “like a soldier.”

Letter of authenticity will be given with this artifact.

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