Periscope, Mercury


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:

Mercury spacecraft were fitted with a periscope similar to this device, made by Perkin Elmer, which allowed the astronaut to make precise observations of the Earth below. The scope had a removable filter, and two magnification settings. This is an unflown specimen.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1977.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin

United States of America


Magnesium, aluminum, paint, glass, Plastic, Rubber (Silicone), steel


3-D: 78.7 x 33 x 38.1cm, 16.7kg (31 x 13 x 15 in., 36 13/16lb.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Guidance & Control

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