Pressure Suit, Mercury, Shepard, MR-3, Flown

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This is the spacesuit worn by astronaut Alan Shepard during the first manned spaceflight launched by the United States on May 5, 1961. The sub-orbital flight was launched on a Redstone rocket from Pad 5 at Cape Canaveral and approximately 15 minutes later, Shepard splashed down in the Atlantic ocean.

The Mercury spacesuit was a close-fitting, two-layer, full pressure suit developed by the B.F. Goodrich Company from their Mark IV pressure suit, as used by the U.S. Navy. It was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury, and during the course of the Mercury program underwent minor modifications, primarily in the shoulders.

Transferred from NASA in 1977

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Manufacturer
B. F. Goodrich Co.

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Materials
EXTERIOR - Aluminized nylon, brass, cotton, steel
INTERIOR - Neoprene, Neoprene-coated nylon, rubber
NECK RING - Anodized aluminium
Dimensions
Overall: 4 ft. 11 in. tall x 1 ft. 6 in. wide x 9 in. deep (149.9 x 45.7 x 22.9cm)
Other (neck ring): 9 1/2 in. diameter (24.1cm)
Other (wrist ring): 4 in. diameter (10.2cm)

Title
Alan Shepard’s Spacesuit

This is the spacesuit worn by astronaut Alan Shepard during the first manned spaceflight launched by the United States on May 5, 1961. The sub-orbital flight was launched on a Redstone rocket from Pad 5 at Cape Canaveral and approximately 15 minutes later, Shepard splashed down in the Atlantic ocean.

The Mercury spacesuit was a close-fitting, two-layer, full pressure suit developed by the B.F. Goodrich Company from their Mark IV pressure suit, as used by the U.S. Navy. It was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury, and during the course of the Mercury program underwent minor modifications, primarily in the shoulders.

Transferred from NASA in 1977

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Manufacturer
B. F. Goodrich Co.

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Materials
EXTERIOR - Aluminized nylon, brass, cotton, steel
INTERIOR - Neoprene, Neoprene-coated nylon, rubber
NECK RING - Anodized aluminium
Dimensions
Overall: 4 ft. 11 in. tall x 1 ft. 6 in. wide x 9 in. deep (149.9 x 45.7 x 22.9cm)
Other (neck ring): 9 1/2 in. diameter (24.1cm)
Other (wrist ring): 4 in. diameter (10.2cm)

Title
Alan Shepard’s Spacesuit

ID: A19770563000