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micropooz
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posted 11-03-2013 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 238 (November 3, 2013)

Space Cover #238: Skylab Space Suit Fit Check Covers

This week's cover was postmarked in Dover, DE on August 15, 1972, the day that Skylab astronaut Bill Pogue got fitted for his space suit at ILC Industries in Dover. It carries a printed cachet of an astronaut in a Skylab EVA suit and the printed wording "Skylab Astronaut Space Suit Fit Check". Whoever serviced the cover added the rubber stamped notations of "Space Suit 627" and "Wm. Pogue". Sometime later, Pogue inscribed and signed the cover.

The postcard below, published by Heitz Photoptric Service, Dover, DE shows the ILC built Apollo lunar suit underlayer (left) and cover layer (right). The Skylab suits were similar.

Covers like today's Space Cover of the Week were produced for spacesuit fit-checks for most of the Skylab crewman. The McMahan Catalog lists the following:

Date Crewman
 
8/1/72 Lind (backup crewman)
8/10/72 Carr (suit #626)
8/15/72 Pogue (suit #627) (pictured above)
8/16/72 Lenoir (backup crewman)
8/28/72 Gibson (suit #628)
9/22/72 Kerwin
9/28/72 Weitz
10/12/72 Bean
10/19/72 Lousma
10/26/72 Carr (suit #635)
11/6/72 Garriott
11/7/72 Pogue (suit #637)
11/14/72 Gibson (suit #636)

Notable omissions are suit check covers for Conrad, and backup crewmen Schweickart, McCandless, Musgrave, and Brand.

So does anyone else have other Skylab Astronaut Fit Check covers? Anyone know more of the story behind these covers?

4allmankind
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posted 11-03-2013 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have all that much to add about these covers but I do know for a fact that I've seen a few examples, I recall it being Carr and Kerwin with actual samples of fabric from the suits attached to the front of cover.

Ross
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posted 11-03-2013 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is an old thread on this topic, which lists some suits.

micropooz
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posted 11-03-2013 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, thanks Ross! I totally missed that old thread!

ChrisCalle
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posted 11-03-2013 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father did this Apollo Space Suit cutaway painting for one of the Time Life books back in the 1970's that might be of interest.

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