Helmet, Protective, Borman, Gemini 7


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 protective helmet was possibly worn by Frank Borman during the launch of the Gemini 7 mission in December, 1965. The helmet was fitted with communications equipment, and was worn under the hood-like, integrated helmet of the G5-C spacesuit.

The helmet portion of the suit was attached with a zipper closure, and could be unzipped and pushed away, though it was non-removable during flight. It consisted of a fixed polycarbonate visor which provided a "fish bowl" effect for the astronaut - namely he could move his head within the helmet rather than moving head and helmet at the same time.

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


  • Exterior: Plastic, metal, nylon, velcro
  • Interior: Suede-covered foam
  • Microphones: Steel


3-D: 24.1 x 22.9 x 25.4cm (9 1/2 x 9 x 10 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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