Parachute, Main, Gemini


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 is a Gemini ringsail (main) parachute test article. Manufactured by Northrop Ventura, it is made largely of nylon and is over 84 feet in diameter when fully deployed. Carried in the Rendezvous and Recovery Section at the front of the capsule, the ringsail parachute deployed shortly after this section was jettisoned at an altitude of about 10,500 feet during reentry. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center transferred this artifact to NASM in 1968.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


Nylon, Aluminum, Synthetic Fabric, Steel


Overall (as photographed): 271.78 x 73.66 x 1389.38cm (8ft 11in. x 2ft 5in. x 45ft 7in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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