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    This replica of the  John Glenn Mercury Space Suit was used in many Sci-Fi films including the classic
Man Conquers Space". It is currently part of our International Space Exhibit.

    The Mercury space suit has two zippers for entry. The oxygen inlet  supplies oxygen to the suit for cooling and to the helmet for breathing. The oxygen outlet is on the right side of the helmet, and is connected to the spacecraft's life-support system to filter and reuse the oxygen. The suit has a padded helmet with a single, clear, pull-down visor.

     The communication line is on the left side of the helmet, and the bio-medical connection is on the front of the astronaut's right leg. The suit itself was covered in an aluminized silver-colored fabric, to reflect heat. To seal the suit at the feet, loose "socks" of airtight fabric were attached directly to the legs of the suit. The boots were laced up tightly over the pressure socks to keep them from ballooning and becoming too cumbersome.

The gloves attached with a ring connector to the wrists and the gloves were held in place by a flap of fabric that surrounded the wrist of the glove and attached to the wrist of the suit with a zipper.

Here is our suit on display at the South Florida Science Museum located in West Palm Beach

The suit is currently on display at the South Florida Science Museum located in
West Palm Beach, Florida

Here are the major components
of the Mercury Space Suit

    The Mercury spacesuit was a modified version of a Navy high altitude pressure suit. It consisted of an inner layer of Neoprene-coated nylon fabric and a restraint outer layer of aluminized nylon. 

    The suit was worn "soft" or un-pressurized and served only as a backup for possible spacecraft cabin pressure loss, an event that never happened.

The Suit is currently on Display at the
South Florida Science Museum South Florida Science Museum

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