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Soap, Hand, Freedom 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:

In the event of a landing outside the primary landing area, Mercury astronauts carried a variety of survival equipment aboard their spacecraft. These included food, water, knives, rope, matches, medical supplies, a radio transceiver, a compass, a rescue beacon, a radar reflector, a life vest, and a life raft similar to this one. This miniature soap bar was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

NASA transferred Freedom 7 to the Smithsonian in 1962. This object was found inside the spacecraft in 1977.

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

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Soap, paper, plastic

Dimensions

3-D: 9 × 4 × 1.5cm (3 9/16 × 1 9/16 × 9/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Survival

Inventory Number

A19771212000