This boot is part of the pair of lunar overshoes that were made for and worn by astronaut John Young during training sessions prior to his Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.
The training boots were identical in construction to the overshoes worn on the lunar surface. They were constructed by the International Latex Corporation and were considered part of the astronaut's Extra-vehicular (EV) equipment.
The International Latex Corporation made the boots which were part of Cernan's extra-vehicular (EV) equipment. The EV boots were worn over the boots that were integrated into the spacesuit and which included the pressure bladder and thermal coverings. The boots were made with a silicone sole, woven stainless steel uppers (Chromel-R), and included additional layers of thermal protection and beta felt in the soles as protection against extreme temperatures and sharp rocks on the lunar surface.
NASA transferred the pair of boots to the museum in 1978.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration