Project Mercury Earth Path Indicator

A Mercury astronaut used this mechanical device to determine his position relative to the Earth below. A small icon, representing the capsule, tracked his path through space.

This instrument was launched in 1961 on an unmanned test flight. John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, the first Americans to orbit the Earth, carried identical devices on their flights in 1962.

Caption:
A Mercury astronaut used this mechanical device to determine his position relative to the Earth below.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Eric Long
NASM 2012-02154
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A Mercury astronaut used this mechanical device to determine his position relative to the Earth below.