Glove, Right, Mercury


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 training purposes during the Mercury era. The gloves do not appear to have been worn, however.

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 1978.

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 NASA.


  • Exterior: Cotton Sateen, Aluminized nylon, Rubberized fabric, nylon
  • Palm bar: Steel
  • Pressure bladder: Rubber, latex
  • Lacing: brass grommets
  • Wrist Disconnect: Anodized Aluminum, Rubber (Silicone)


3-D: 29.2 x 11.4 x 11.4cm (11 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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