Collection Item Summary:
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, knives, rope, matches, medical supplies, a radio transceiver, a compass, a rescue beacon, a radar reflector, a life vest, and a life raft similar to this one. This self-inflating life raft was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
NASA transferred Freedom 7 to the Smithsonian in 1962. This object was found inside the spacecraft in 1977.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Exterior pouch: plastic covered textile, aluminum hooks, velcro, and polyester
3-D: 34.3 x 22.9 x 11.4cm (13 1/2 x 9 x 4 1/2 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America