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:

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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Guidance & Control

Inventory Number


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