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Plates, Reflecting, Glenn, Friendship 7

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Unknown

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Headquarters

Materials

Overall: Polished metal - steel, elastic

Dimensions

3-D: 7.6 × 1 × 10.2cm (3 × 3/8 × 4 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Accessories

Inventory Number

A19670187000