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.
In 1971, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company in St. Louis transferred many leftover artifacts from the Gemini program to the Smithsonian on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including this parachute. The former McDonnell Aircraft Corporation had manufactured the Gemini spacecraft.