Pressure Suit, Mercury, Glenn, Training

favorite

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:

This spacesuit was worn by John Glenn during training sessions prior the first orbital flight of a U.S. astronaut in February 1962.

The spacesuit was developed by the B.F. Goodrich Company from the U.S. Navy MK-IV full pressure suit, and was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury. It is made of a rubber interior pressure layer with a nylon exterior layer with an aluminized coating.

NASA - Johnson Space Center transferred the training suit to the Museum in 1976.

Collection Item Long Description:

John Glenn wore this spacesuit during training sessions prior the first orbital flight of a U.S. astronaut in February, 1962.

The spacesuit was developed by the B.F. Goodrich Company from the U.S. Navy MK-IV full pressure suit, and was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury. It is made of a rubber interior with a nylon exterior layer with an aluminized coating.

NASA's Johnson Space Center transferred the suit along with its helmet gloves and boots to the National Air and Space Museum in 1976.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Materials

  • Overall Exterior: Aluminized nylon, nylon webbing, brass, steel, aluminium
  • Overall Interior: Rubber/neoprene, steel wire
  • other: phenolic resin, velcro

Dimensions

Overall: 160.02 x 71.12 x 15.24cm (5ft 3in. x 2ft 4in. x 6in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Inventory Number

A19761555000