These black rubber hand shapes are forms used in the construction of Apollo pressure gloves. They were made from a cast of the astronaut's hands, and were inserted into a nylon glove and then dipped in a rubber/neoprene compound. The result of the dipping process became the interior pressure bladder of both intra-vehicular and extra-vehicular gloves used during the Apollo program.
This form was made using a model of astronaut James Lovell's left hand, and ILC Industries transferred it and its mate to the museum in 1973.
Gift of ILC Industries, Inc.