These black rubber hand shapes are molds used in the construction of Apollo pressure gloves. Made from a cast of the astronaut's hands in a neutral position, spacesuit technicians would place a nylon glove over each rubber form and then dip it into a rubber/neoprene compound. This created the interior pressure bladder of both intra-vehicular and extra-vehicular gloves used during the Apollo program with ILC Industries' A7-L and A7-LB spacesuits.
These forms were made from a cast of astronaut James Irwin's hands. NASA transferred them to the museum in 1973.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration