ASTRONAUT HAND CASTS USED IN MAKING THE SPACE SUIT GLOVES. ILC Industries, Dover, c.1967.
15 life-size plaster casts with gold-hued finish, each mounted onto wooden base with identifying brass name plaques, the name of each astronaut written in pencil at base of hand.
Provenance: Joseph Pappano, project manager for ILC Industries assigned the Apollo Spacesuit Project; by descent to the current owners.
A fantastic collection of plaster casts of the right hands of 15 NASA astronauts: NEIL ARMSTRONG, BUZZ ALDRIN, DAVE SCOTT, TOM STAFFORD, WALLY SCHIRRA, PETE CONRAD, JIM LOVELL, JOHN YOUNG, RUSTY SCHWEICKART, WALT CUNNINGHAM, JIM MCDIVITT, GENE CERNAN, DON LIND, DONN EISELE, and FRANK BORMAN, from molds used in making the astronaut space suit gloves. Spacesuit gloves were custom made precisely for the wearer, and the pressure bladder inside the gloves was dip molded from the casts so as to ensure that the fit was perfect. Each glove was then made directly on the plaster casts of the hands.