Survival Kit, Friendship 7 (MA-6)

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

Astronaut John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft, Friendship 7, carried this survival kit, or one just like it, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. Included are a life raft, pocket knife, signaling mirror, shark repellent, seawater desalting tablets, sunscreen, soap, first aid kit, and other items.

The Smithsonian originally received this kit installed in Friendship 7 when NASA gave the spacecraft to the National Air Museum in 1962.

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

Materials

  • CONTENTS - PLASTIC, GLASS, COTTON, ALUMINUM, ETC.
  • EQUIPMENT POUCH - NYLON WEBBING
  • EXTERIOR POUCH - COATED NYLON, BRASS SNAPS
  • LIFE RAFT - COATED TEXTILE, NYLON CORD
  • WATER CONTAINER - NEOPRENE COATED NYLON

Dimensions

3-D: 26.7 x 61 x 12.7cm (10 1/2 x 24 x 5 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Survival

Inventory Number

A19670176001