Life Vest, Top Left, Pilot, 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 life vest was placed in the Gemini XII capsule for the spacecraft pilot, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, 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 life vest to the Smithsonian in 1968 together with the Gemini XII spacecraft.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A19680265057

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Astronaut

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Steel, Brass, Rubber, Fabric covered rubber, Nylon

Dimensions

3-D: 81.3 x 33 x 3.8cm (32 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

Type

EQUIPMENT-Survival