This parachute harness was worn by astronaut James McDivitt, Command Pilot of the Gemini IV mission that occured in June 1965.
During ascent and entry, each crewmember wore special equipment consisting of a partial pressure suit, a parachute harness assembly, and a parachute pack. The harness provided a lightweight, strong, and comfortable means of attaching the personal parachute to the astronaut, which were only used during the Gemini program. Northrop Ventura made the harness and parachute.
NASA transferred this object to the museum at the end of Project Gemini.