Helmet, G4-C, McDivitt, Gemini 4

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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 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.

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 - Manned Spacecraft Center

Materials

  • Shell: High impact plastic, rubber
  • Visor: Polycarbonate
  • Fittings: Aluminum, steel, polyester, nylon, Velcro

Dimensions

3-D: 24.1 x 20.3 x 24.1cm (9 1/2 x 8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Inventory Number

A19670167001