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Friendship 7 Gallery


View of the spacecraft's recovery compartment, which would have contained the main and backup parachutes, recovery aids (a flashing recovery light visible for 40 nautical miles and up to an altitude of 12,000 feet, dye marker packet, a SOFAR bomb ["sound fixing and ranging" bomb, which is ejected at main chute deployment and whose detonation at a depth of 3,500 feet and which will allow recovery forces to obtain a position fix on the capsule], and whip antenna for the high frequency voice transceiver and HF recovery beacon), electrical wiring, and reaction control nozzles and related plumbing.

Picture 2 of 2.

Note the pair of yaw thrusters on the forward edge of the recovery compartment (at right).

Friendship 7 at National Air & Space Museum
Time picture taken Tue Jun 19 15:35:14 2007
Location picture taken Milestones of Flight Gallery
National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC
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