Window Shade, Left-Hand, Reflective, Gemini XII

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 left-hand window shade was used by the command pilot of Gemini XII, James Lovell, to shade the cockpit during sleep periods. He flew with pilot Buzz Aldrin. Gemini XII was launched on November 11, 1966, for a 4-day, 59-orbit mission. Highlights included 3 extra-vehicular activities (EVAs) by Aldrin, 5 hours 30 minutes total. Aldrin made extensive use of handholds and footholds to prevent unwanted movement during his tasks, and his techniques were an important milestone toward effective astronaut use of EVA.

NASA transferred the Gemini XII spacecraft to the Smithsonian in 1968.