Glove, Left, Mercury, Shepard, Freedom-7

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 astronaut Alan Shepard and was worn during the first flight of an American into space in May, 1961,

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 bll-bearing lock mechanism. Miniature finger lights were provided on the index and middle fingers powered by a battery pack on the back of the gloves. These lights provided instrument panel and chart illumination.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1977