Glove, Left, Mercury, Shepard, Anthropomorphic


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 spacesuit was constructed to provide a realistic display of astronaut Alan Shepard. Alan Shepard was launched in Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961, a flight lasting approximately 15 minutes. It was the first manned mission of the US Space program.

As the suit was constructed for display purposes only, it has an exterior, but no interior layer. However, like the mission and training suits, it was manufactured by the B.F. Goodrich Company which were developed from the U.S. Navy MK- IV full pressure suit, was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in the Project Mercury.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1962.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Exterior: Aluminized nylon, aluminium
  • Interior: No interior pressure bladder
  • Zipper: Brass, cotton
  • Wrist locking rings and bearings: Aluminium


Approximate: 10 × 62 × 20 in. (25.4 × 157.5 × 50.8cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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