Boot, Left, Lunar Overshoe, Cernan, Apollo 17, Flown


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This boot is part of the pair that was made for and worn by Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission that landed on the moon on December 10, 1972.

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.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1974

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Exterior: Beta cloth, Chromel-R, Velcro, silicone rubber/compound, steel
  • Interior: Beta cloth, Beta felt


Clothing: 33 x 17.8 x 19.7cm (13 in. x 7 in. x 7 3/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum