This spacesuit was worn by Virgil "Gus" Grissom during the second flight of a U.S. astronaut. The flight took place on July 24, 1961, and lasted for approximately fifteen minutes. The only significant problem arose at the conclusion of the mission when, after parachuting into the Atlantic ocean, the spacecraft hatch blew open, and Liberty Bell 7 sank.
The spacesuit was developed by the B.F. Goodrich Company from the U.S. Navy Mark IV full pressure suit, and was selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury.
Transferred from NASA in 2003.