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 helmet was worn by astronaut James McDivitt as Commander of the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965, which was the first manned Gemini mission in which a US astronaut "walked in space."
The helmet was constructed of fiberglass and epoxy resin and was molded to fit directly into the neck bearing disconnect. A Plexiglas visor, capable of being raised for access, was attached with pivots, and when lowered into pressure sealing position, it locked in place with a latch. Communication devices with suede-covered ear pads were incorporated into the helmet.
Transferred from NASA in 1967.
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Restrictions & Rights
- Shell: High impact plastic, rubber
- Visor: Polycarbonate
- Fittings: Aluminum, steel, polyester, nylon, Velcro