Helmet, Mercury, Shepard, MR-3

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 Alan B. Shepard during the first Mercury flight.

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 - Johnson Space Center in 1977