Boots, G-5-C, Borman, Training

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 astronaut Frank Borman during training for the Gemini VII flight in December 1965. The mission was a 14-day orbital mission during which Gemini VII and Gemini VI-A performed successful rendezvous and docking maneuvers and proved that man could live and work in space for an extended period of time.

The G-5-C suit was designed by the David Clark Company to be more comfortable during the extended mission and permitted the astronauts a degree of mobility previously not experienced in the Gemini missions. The suit became known affectionately as the "Grasshopper" suit. The boots consisted of a white nylon exterior and hard grey rubber soles.

NASA transferred these boots to the museum after the end of the Gemini program.