Glove, Left, Mercury, Friendship 7, Glenn, Flown


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 glove is part of the pair made for and worn by astronaut John Glenn during his historic Mercury orbital flight in February, 1962.

The gloves were constructed of an inner layer made from a mold of the astronaut's hand, dipped in a rubber compound. The outer layer was fabricated of one-way stretch nylon with neoprene-impregnated palms and lacing on the back. The gloves assumed the contours of the hand controller, and attached to the suit with a ball-bearing lock mechanism.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1975

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


  • Exterior: Cotton Sateen, Aluminized fabric, Rubberized fabric, palms, steel
  • Pressure bladder: Rubber
  • Lacing: Cotton w/steel grommets
  • Wrist Disconnect: Aluminum


3-D: 29.2 × 11.4 × 11.4cm, 0.5kg (11 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 4 1/2 in., 1lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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