Collection Item Summary:
This pocket knife was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space. In the event of a landing outside the primary landing area, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included food, water, a life raft, rope, matches, medical supplies, a radio transceiver, a compass, a rescue beacon, a radar reflector, a life vest, and a knife similar to this one.
NASA transferred Freedom 7 to the Smithsonian in 1962. This object was found inside the spacecraft in 1977.