Life Raft, Gemini IV

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This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Human Spaceflight

During the early space missions, astronauts had to prepare for an emergency landing anywhere along their orbital track, which flew mostly over ocean, desert and jungle. This life raft was found with the survival kit of command pilot James McDivitt behind his ejection seat in the Gemini IV spacecraft, once the spacecraft was in the National Air and Space Museum. Presumably it flew with him and Edward White on their four-day mission, June 3-7, 1965, which featured the first American EVA (walk in space) by Ed White.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum with the Gemini IV spacecraft 1967.