Helmet Backshell, Launch-Entry, Shuttle


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

From 1982 to1986, Space Shuttle astronauts wore this type of helmet with their unpressurized blue flight suits for launch and return from space. The helmet connected to an emergency oxygen supply but did not attach to the suit. After the 1986 Challenger accident, astronauts wore pressurized survival suits and sealed helmets for greater protection during launch and entry, the most dangerous phases of flight.

NASA transferred this helmet to the Museum in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Country of Origin

United States of America


Fiberglass, aluminum alloy, plastic, nylon, steel, synthetic fabric, leather, foam, paint, rubber, Velcro, adhesives


  • 3-D (Helmet): 33 x 35.6 x 25.4cm (13 x 14 x 10 in.)
  • 3-D (Hose): 79 × 1.5cm (31 1/8 × 9/16 in.)
  • Size: Large

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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