Mirror, Life Jacket, Glenn, Friendship 7

Mirror, Life Jacket, Glenn, Friendship 7

     

This life jacket was issued to John Glenn for his Friendship 7 flight in February, 1962. The life jacket is the self-inflating tube-type Navy issue life jacket made of rubberized nylon. It was strapped to his chest with the convex mirror fastened to the front.

The mirror had the dual purpose of a reflecting mirror in case of mission abort when the astronaut could use the mirror to attract rescuers. The other use was for reflection of the instrument panel in order to enable the staff of Mission Control to take instrument readings.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1967.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
John H. Glenn, Jr.
Manufacturer
Unknown

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Life Support

Materials
Mirror: Coated aluminium
Support: Red rubber
Straps: Nylon
Dimensions
Overall: 5 in. diameter (12.7cm)

This life jacket was issued to John Glenn for his Friendship 7 flight in February, 1962. The life jacket is the self-inflating tube-type Navy issue life jacket made of rubberized nylon. It was strapped to his chest with the convex mirror fastened to the front.

The mirror had the dual purpose of a reflecting mirror in case of mission abort when the astronaut could use the mirror to attract rescuers. The other use was for reflection of the instrument panel in order to enable the staff of Mission Control to take instrument readings.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1967.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
John H. Glenn, Jr.
Manufacturer
Unknown

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Life Support

Materials
Mirror: Coated aluminium
Support: Red rubber
Straps: Nylon
Dimensions
Overall: 5 in. diameter (12.7cm)

ID: A19670185001