Life Raft, Self-inflating, Mercury

In the event of a water landing outside the primary landing area that could not be reached quickly, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included among other things, food, water, knives, rope, matches, medical supplies, a radio transceiver, a compass, a rescue beacon, a radar reflector, a life vest, and a life raft similar to this one. This self-inflating life raft was found aboard Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission with astronaut Alan B. Shepard aboard, when it was transferred from NASA.

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Zodiac international Corp.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Exterior pouch: plastic covered textile, aluminum hooks, velcro, and polyester
Dimensions
3-D: 34.3 x 22.9 x 11.4cm (13 1/2 x 9 x 4 1/2 in.)

In the event of a water landing outside the primary landing area that could not be reached quickly, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included among other things, food, water, knives, rope, matches, medical supplies, a radio transceiver, a compass, a rescue beacon, a radar reflector, a life vest, and a life raft similar to this one. This self-inflating life raft was found aboard Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission with astronaut Alan B. Shepard aboard, when it was transferred from NASA.

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Zodiac international Corp.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Exterior pouch: plastic covered textile, aluminum hooks, velcro, and polyester
Dimensions
3-D: 34.3 x 22.9 x 11.4cm (13 1/2 x 9 x 4 1/2 in.)

ID: A19771199000