Helmet, 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 Mercury helmet is a real, though non flight helmet, and is attached to the anthropomorphic suit inside the "Freedom 7" capsule. The helmet is correct in every detail to those flown on the Mercury missions, but was never used.

There were six anthropomorphic suits transferred to the Museum in 1961. These suits were made by the B.F. Goodrich Company for display purposes only, and are correct in every exterior detail. The helmets provided for these display suits were actual, though non-flight helmets.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1961.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Exterior: Plastic, aluminium, rubber
  • Interior: Leather, plastic, foam, aluminium


3-D: 24.1 x 27.9 x 30.5cm (9 1/2 x 11 x 12 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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