Marker, Sea Dye, Freedom 7

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In the event of a landing outside the primary landing area, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included 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 sea dye marker was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space. It was packed in Survival Rucksack #2. If the astronaut shakes the powder into the sea, an orange trail forms on the ocean surface, making it easier to spot his raft.

NASA transferred Freedom 7 to the Smithsonian in 1962. This object was found inside the spacecraft in 1977.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Presto Dyechem Co.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Synthetic Fabric
Paint
Metal
Dimensions
3-D: 10.2 x 2.5 x 10.2cm (4 x 1 x 4 in.)

In the event of a landing outside the primary landing area, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included 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 sea dye marker was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space. It was packed in Survival Rucksack #2. If the astronaut shakes the powder into the sea, an orange trail forms on the ocean surface, making it easier to spot his raft.

NASA transferred Freedom 7 to the Smithsonian in 1962. This object was found inside the spacecraft in 1977.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Presto Dyechem Co.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Synthetic Fabric
Paint
Metal
Dimensions
3-D: 10.2 x 2.5 x 10.2cm (4 x 1 x 4 in.)

ID: A19771206000