Mercury MR-3 Space Capsule: Freedom 7

Freedom 7 Exhibit Shot

Maker: MacDonnell  Aircraft Corporation

Materials: Aluminum alloys, beta cloth, Velcro, nylon, RTV rubber, PVC, titanium, beryllium, glass, Rene 41 (Nickel-chromium alloy)

Manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. The Mercury capsule is constructed of a titanium inner structure with a layer of mineral wool insulation and an exterior cladding of nickel-chrom alloy (Rene 41) stamped shingles covering the lower cone section. Beryllium shingles cover the top cylinder which housed the parachutes. The bottom of the capsule shows the cast-titanium heat shield. The interior is fitted out with original equipment and appears to be mostly complete. The periscope device on the exterior is locked in the open position with the door open and the optical device extended. Surface Finishes/Decorations: Painted in white "Freedom 7" and "United States" on exterior.

On loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.

Copyright Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC