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:

View of U.S. Navy crew and members of the press crowded around the Freedom 7 capsule aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) following recovery mission for the Mercury MR-3 Flight, May 5, 1961.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aircraft carriers
  • Space flight
  • Naval aviation
  • Aeronautics
  • Astronautics
  • Space vehicles

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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U.S. Navy



Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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