Valve Stem, Contingency Feeding System, Apollo

This valve stem is part of the contingency feeding system established in the event of a spacecraft emergency. During such an emergency, the astronauts would be in their spacesuits, and therefore unable to eat solid food. This valve would enable them to drink liquids through the emergency feed port in their helmets.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Unknown

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

Materials
Overall: Anodized aluminium, brass
Dimensions
3-D: 15.2 x 2.5 x 1.3cm (6 x 1 x 1/2 in.)

This valve stem is part of the contingency feeding system established in the event of a spacecraft emergency. During such an emergency, the astronauts would be in their spacesuits, and therefore unable to eat solid food. This valve would enable them to drink liquids through the emergency feed port in their helmets.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Unknown

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

Materials
Overall: Anodized aluminium, brass
Dimensions
3-D: 15.2 x 2.5 x 1.3cm (6 x 1 x 1/2 in.)

ID: A19710823000