Boot, Left, Mercury, Glenn, Friendship 7


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

These boots were worn by John Glenn during his historic orbital flight in February 1962. The boots were lightweight, flexible, nylon-fabric boots with tennis-shoe-type soles and were worn over the inner gas retention layer of the the spacesuit.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Headquarters


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Exterior upper: Aluminized nylon
  • Exterior Sole: Rubber
  • Lining: Nylon
  • HAZMAT: Possible Cadmium Plating
  • Webbing: Nylon
  • Buckles: Steel
  • Zipper: Brass, cotton webbing


Clothing: 30.5 × 10.2 × 22.9cm, 0.9kg (12 × 4 × 9 in., 2lb.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum