Couch, Mercury Procedures Trainer, Schirra
- McDonnell Aircraft Corp.
- In order to better withstand the high gravitational forces of launch and reentry, each astronaut in Project Mercury, the first U.S. human spaceflight program, had form-fitting fiberglass couches cast for his body. This couch was used in the Mercury Procedures Trainer, a simulator, by Walter M. Schirra, who flew the third orbital flight (Mercury Atlas 8) in October 1962. Schirra later commanded Gemini VI-A in December 1965 and Apollo 7 in October 1968, the only astronaut to fly in all three early American manned space programs.
- Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV), the simulator contractor, transferred this artifact to the National Air and Space Museum on behalf of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center).
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- Transferred from NASA
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- Restrictions & Rights
- Usage conditions apply
- EQUIPMENT-Training Devices
- HAZMAT: Magnesium
- Phenolic Resin, Synthetic Fabric, Steel, Paint, Aluminum, Wood, Foam
- Approximate: 10in. x 4ft 6in. x 1ft 11in., 35lb. (25.4 x 137.16 x 58.42cm, 15.9kg)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- National Air and Space Museum
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- Not determined