Conservation Analytical Laboratory Research

ID: 96-20063

Creator: Dougherty, Harold E

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1992

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371

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Mary Baker, polymer chemist at the Smithsonian's Conservation Analytical Laboratory, and conservation fellow Eric Lange inspect a Project Mercury spaceflight boot and astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton's Mercury training suit. They use differential scanning calorimetry to study samples of new rubber, as well as samples from deaccessioned suits such as this one, to determine the extent of crystallization in order to establish proper storage and handling procedures for the suits.


  • Slayton, Donald K. 1924-1993
  • Baker, Mary
  • Lange, Eric
  • Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL)
  • Museum Conservation Institute
  • Project Mercury (U.S.)


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