Visitors looking at Project Mercury Capsule, National Air Museum

ID: 2002-12191

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 22

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Two young visitors looking at a model of the Mercury Capsule on display in the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum. The model was given to the Museum on March 29, 1961 because of the great public interest in the Mercury Space Program. The 1/3 scale model of the Mercury Capsule is completely equipped with escape tower, retro-rockets, interior fittings, and a model of an astronaut. The display was built and given to the Museum by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis, the prime contractors for the capsules for the Mercury Project.


  • National Air Museum (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • McDonnell Aircraft Company
  • Project Mercury (U.S.)
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Original negative number is 47800, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 22

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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