„Sokol-KV2“ (No. 0820280) of astronaut Michael Foale

The Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (No. 0820280) was worn by the British-American astronaut Michael Foale on the ISS Expedition 8 in the spaceship Soyuz TMA3 in 2003.

This suit is adorned by the following insignia: the flag of the United States of America, the emblem of the US space agency NASA and the emblem of the orbital MIR Space Station.

Foale was born in 1957, studied physics at Queen’s College Cambridge and has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. In 2003 Foale became commander of the ISS Expedition 8 (together with the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri). Until 2008 he had been the US citizen with the longest period of time in space: 373 days, 18 hours and 18 minutes. He was also the first UK citizen to conduct work outside the spacecraft. Foale was made Commander of the British Empire in December 2004.

 

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