This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
Mercury spacecraft 12 was originally delivered to Cape Canaveral as a backup for the MA-8 capsule (Sigma 7 flown by Walter Schirra). However, the capsule was returned to McDonnell and reconfigured for an extended 1-day Mercury mission. This reconfigured capsule, labeled 12B, was never assigned to a flight and thus was never re-delivered to the Cape or flown.
In 1967 NASA transferred Mercury 12B to the Smithsonian Institution.
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Restrictions & Rights
- Skin & Structure: Titanium
- Shingles: Nickel-steel alloy; Beryllium shingles
- Ablation Shield: Glass fibers, resin