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Sensor, Blood Pressure, Glenn, Friendship 7


Display Status:

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 blood pressure sensor and cuff was part of the equipment issued to by John Glenn during his historic Friendship 7 flight on February 20, 1962.

The sensor with attached cuff is a standard, readily available piece of equipment and was one of several pieces of medical equipment issued to John Glenn to monitor the heartrate and blood pressure of the astronaut during his Mercury flight.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


  • Cuff: Nylon, velcro,
  • Hose: Rubber, aluminium


  • Overall (Display): 9 × 7 × 1 in. (22.9 × 17.8 × 2.5cm)
  • 3-D: 43.5 × 11 × 4cm (17 1/8 × 4 5/16 × 1 9/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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