Pressure Suit, Mercury, John Glenn, Friendship 7, Flown


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 the first orbital flight of a U.S. astronaut. The flight took place on February 20, 1962 and lasted for 4 hours and 55 minutes, during which time he traveled 75,679 miles and orbited the earth three times.

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

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1967.

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 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • HAZMAT: Cadmium Plating
  • Overall Exterior: Aluminized nylon, nylon webbing, brass, steel, aluminium
  • Overall Interior: Rubber/neoprene, steel wire


Overall: 65 × 23 × 4 1/2 in., 10kg (165.1 × 58.4 × 11.4cm, 22lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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