Pressure Suit, Mercury, Carpenter, MA-7, Flown
- This spacesuit was worn by Scott Carpenter during the second orbital flight of a U.S. astronaut. The flight took place on May 24, 1962 and lasted for 4 hours and 56 minutes, during which time he traveled 76,020 miles and orbited the earth three times.
- The spacesuitsuit was developed by B.F. Goodrich from the US Navy MK-IV full pressure suit, and selected by NASA in 1959 for use in Project Mercury. It was made of a nylon exterior with an aluminized thermal coating which gave it the famous "silver" color, and an interior rubber bladder. The spacesuit consisted of four basic components, the suit torso, helmet, gloves and boots, and underneath the suit, the astronauts wore a long cotton undergarment.
- Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1971
- Data Source
- National Air and Space Museum
- B. F. Goodrich Co.
- Scott M. Carpenter
- Credit Line
- Donated by the U.S. Navy Yard, Washington, DC
- Exterior: Aluminium-coated nylon, brass, nylon, steel
- Interior: Rubber/neoprene coated nylon
- other: rubber/neoprene, plastic, velcro, nylon webbing, anodized aluminum, phenolic resin
- Overall: 5 ft. 2 1/2 in. tall x 1 ft. 8 in. wide x 10 in. deep (158.75 x 50.8 x 25.4cm)
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