Helmet, Young, Gemini 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 John Young as pilot of the Gemini 3 flight in March 1965, which was the first manned Gemini mission.

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 1973.

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


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


3-D: 27.9 x 24.1 x 31.8cm (11 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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