Leg Restraint, Gemini XII

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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 leg restraint was flown in the Gemini XII spacecraft, piloted by James Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. It would have been used to strap one of their legs to the ejection seat during launch and landing.

Gemini XII was launched on November 11, 1966, for a 4-day, 59-orbit mission. Highlights included 3 extra-vehicular activities (EVAs) by Aldrin, 5 hours 30 minutes total. Aldrin made extensive use of handholds and footholds to prevent unwanted movement during his tasks, and his techniques were an important milestone toward effective astronaut use of EVA. NASA transferred the Gemini XII spacecraft to the Smithsonian in 1968.

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Steel, nylon webbing, Velcro, ink

Dimensions

Overall: 2ft 7in. x 2 1/4in. x 1/2in. (78.74 x 5.7 x 1.27cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Inventory Number

A19680265059