Helmet, Stafford, Gemini 9

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    Helmet, Stafford, Gemini 9

    Cream-colored, Gemini-style helmet with clear visor, grey rubber visor seal, blue, fabric-covered communications connector with two microphones; visor hinges have attached covers with 5 screws.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

This helmet was worn by astronaut Tom Stafford during his Gemini 6 flight in December, 1965, and again on his Gemini 9 mission in June, 1966.

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 - Manned Spacecraft Center to the Smithsonian Institution in 1968