Glove Dip Form, Right Hand, Stafford

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    Glove Dip Form, Right Hand, Stafford

    Black rubber, flexible.

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

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 (IV) and extra-vehicular (EV) gloves used during the Apollo program.

These forms were made using a model of astronaut Tom Stafford's hands, and NASA transferred them to the National Air and Space Museum in 1976.