Life Vest, Top Left, Command Pilot, Gemini XII


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 life vest was placed in the Gemini XII capsule for the mission commander, James A. Lovell, Jr. It is the self-inflating tube-type made of rubberized nylon. It would be strapped to the astronaut's chest. Life vests were part of the emergency survival equipment carried on the spacecraft during the Gemini program. Upon splashdown after returning from space, the astronaut could wear the vest and inflate it for flotation if necessary in the ocean.

NASA transferred this item to the Smithsonian in 1968, together with the Gemini XII spacecraft..

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin

United States of America


Rubber coated fabric, nylon, steel, brass, aluminum, rubber/neoprene, plastic, paint


3-D: 78.7 x 33 x 3.8cm (31 x 13 x 1 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum