Case, Hand-held Maneuvering Unit, Gemini


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:

This is the vinyl and foam storage case for the Hand-Held Maneuvering Unit used by Gemini IV astronaut Edward White III during his historic "walk in space" on June 3, 1965. The Unit was made of aluminum and stainless steel, with three small rocket nozzles. A switch in the handle enabled White to fire the rockets to help move him forward or to the right or left. The manufacturer of the case is unknown.

NASA transferred it to NASM in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Fiberglass, Foam, Nylon Webbing, Velcro, Paint, Anodized Aluminum
  • vinyl case w/foam interior


3-D: 45.7 x 14.6 x 11.4cm (18 x 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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