Collection Item Summary:
The pad and paper displayed here were issued to astronaut John Glenn to enable him to perform various tasks and experiments during the flight of Friendship 7 in February 1962. The pad was attached to a rigid surface with a webbing, snap and buckle fastener to enable him to attach it to his knee for ease of use. The pencil was attached with nylon cord to prevent it from floating away in the zero gravity of space.
Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1967.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
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John H. Glenn, Jr.
Overland Machined Products Inc.
Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center
- Pad: Aluminium with paper
- Strap: Cotton webbing, aluminium fastenings
3-D: 26.8 × 14.2 × 6cm (10 9/16 × 5 9/16 × 2 3/8 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America