Window Retainer, Left-Hand Outer, Gemini 12


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:

The Gemini spacecraft had two windows, one in each hatch in front of each astronaut. This artifact is the outer frame and gasket for the left-hand window. The left seat on Gemini XII was occupied by James Lovell, mission command pilot. He flew with Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. on a four day mission in November 1966, the last in the Gemini series. That mission proved the feasibility of doing work on a zero-G EVA ("spacewalk") and rendezvoused and docked with an Agena target vehicle.

This window frame was shipped separately from the spacecraft when NASA transferred the latter to the Smithsonian in 1968.

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 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Aluminum, phenolic resin, rubber (silicone)


Overall: 47.63 x 27.31 x 3.18cm (1ft 6 3/4in. x 10 3/4in. x 1 1/4in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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