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 capsule #19 was one of twenty spacecraft built for the first American human spaceflight project, which aimed to put a man in orbit. Sent to the launch site, Cape Canaveral, on March 20, 1962, it became the back-up spacecraft for the Mercury-Atlas flight (MA-8) of Walter M. Schirra, who made 6 orbits of the Earth on October 3, 1962. Thereafter the mission for #19 was canceled and parts were used on other Mercury projects. In early 1968, NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center) gave this vehicle to the Smithsonian.
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Restrictions & Rights
- Skin & Structure: Titanium
- Shingles: Nickel-steel alloy; Beryllium shingles removed
- Ablation Shield: Glass fibers, resin