Glove, Left, Mercury, Mark IV


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 right glove is part of a pressure suit that was used for training during NASA's Project Mercury, its first human spaceflight program. The B. F. Goodrich Company modified their high altitude Mark IV pressure suits for use in space. The gloves, made from a rubber bladder with a nylon and leather cover-layer, with a steel and nylon restraint system to keep them from ballooning and becoming rigid under pressure, were attached to the suit with an aluminum locking ring on the wrist. A zipper held everything in place when the gloves were pressurized.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center transferred these gloves to the Museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


Brass, Neoprene-Coated Nylon, Aluminized Nylon, HT-1 Nomex, aluminum


  • 3-D: 29.2 x 14cm (11 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
  • Other (Wrist Ring): 10.8cm (4 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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