triangular shaped piece, that is
in a lucite cylinder, is a section from the flown heatshield of
Friendship 7 was the first American manned spacecraft to orbit the
The outer surface of this heatshield section has been charred black by
the fiery reentry.
This artifact was consigned for auction in the Spring 2004 Space &
Aviation Memorabilia Auction conducted by Aurora Galleries on April 24,
This was lot number 116 in that auction. The auction catalog
stated, "Lot: 116 FLOWN Heat
Shield Plug (1.5 x .75") encased in a clear Lucite cylinder (3x2") that
is engraved on the bottom: "MA-6 / Feb. 20, 1962 / John Glenn".
There is a hole drilled vertically through the heat shield in the
right hand corner. This is the first time we have offered a Flown
heat shield plug from the flight. Rare. FLOWN? Yes."
This heatshield specimen was obtained by the Earth To The Moon Air
Museum from the Aurora Galleries auction.