Collection Item Summary:
This reflecting plate of polished steel was part of the equipment issued to John Glenn for his Friendship 7 mission in February, 1962, and was attached to his arm with the elastic band. As space was at a premium inside the Mercury spacecraft, the astronaut only had a very limited ability to move and see outside the craft. This plate behind his head and shoulders allowed the astronaut to see.
NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center transferred this to NASM in 1967.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from NASA - Headquarters
Overall: Polished metal - steel, elastic
3-D: 7.6 × 1 × 10.2cm (3 × 3/8 × 4 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America