Shark Chaser, Freedom 7

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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:

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 sea shark chaser was part of the survival kit in Freedom 7, the first Mercury mission, in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space. If the astronaut releases the powder into the sea, it repels sharks. This object was not flown, and was inserted into the spacecraft afterward to complete the kit.

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

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

  • Plastic
  • Synthetic Fabric
  • Organic Fabric
  • Aluminum

Dimensions

3-D (Overall): 14 × 11.4 × 7cm (5 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Survival

Inventory Number

A19771209000