Window Shade, Right-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 right-hand reflective window shade could have been used by the pilot of Gemini XII, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, to shade the cockpit during sleep periods. He flew with command pilot James Lovell. 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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Aluminum
  • Mylar
  • Velcro
  • Paint
  • Adhesive
  • Paper
  • Ink


Other (thickness): 1/8in. x 1ft 2 7/8in. x 8in. (0.3 x 37.78 x 20.3cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components