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(Submitted May 05, 1997)

My students in 4th and 5th grade are wanting to build a cardboard replica of the Friendship 7 capsule which John Glenn went into space with. We need to know its dimensions inside and out. It would also be helpful to know what it was like on the inside so we could see what it felt like to sit in the capsule like John Glenn did. Would you e-mail me that information or tell what resources would have that information?

The Answer

The best place for this information would be the National Air and Space Museum. They have a web site at and they even have links to places where you can ask questions!! (there is also a page of frequently asked questions which should be perused FIRST, of course, just like we have!).

Since the capsule is actually THERE, they are really the best source for this info.

Allie Cliffe (and Tim Kallman)
for the Ask an Astrophysicist team

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