The sign accompanying the suit. It reads
Apollo 8 Backup Space Suit
Apollo suits had to serve as a backup pressure system to the space capsule.
Besides allowing the flexibility in the shoulder and arm areas, they also had
to permit movements of the legs and waist. Astronauts needed to be able to
bend and stoop to pick up samples on the Moon. Suits had to function both in
microgravity and in the one-sixth gravity of the Moon's surface. The outermost
layer of the suit was white Teflon cloth. The suit's layers provided pressure,
served as a protection against heat and cold, and protected the wearer against
micrometeoroid impacts and the wear and tear of walking on the Moon. Capping
off the suit was a communications
headset and a clear polycarbonate-plastic pressure helmet. The final
items of the Apollo space suit were lunar protective boots, a portable life-support system (backpack), and
custom-sized gloves with molded silicone-rubber fingertips that provided some
degree of fingertip sensitivity in handling equipment.
This space suit is believed to be the backup suit for Lunar Module Pilot
William A. Anders. It does not have a backpack or lunar boots.
Of course, on Apollo 8, "LMP" was primarily an honorary title, as the mission
had no lunar module and no EVAs were planned.