Capsule, Mercury #10


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:

The Mercury capsule #10 was one of 20 Mercury spacecraft built, but was never flown. It was used as an unmanned flight qualification vehicle by the manufacturer, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis, in an orbital test series in the vacuum chamber. It was later used for testing by the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center) in Houston.

In 1967, NASA transferred the spacecraft to the Smithsonian Institution. Around 1980, the Kansas Cosmosphere restored the spacecraft to its orbital configuration.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • Skin & Structure: Titanium
  • Shingles: Nickel-steel alloy; Beryllium shingles removed
  • Ablation Shield: Glass fibers, resin


Overall: 5 ft. 8 in. tall x 6 ft. 6 in. wide (172.7 x 198.1cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

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