March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
This undergarment was developed for use by female astronauts on early Shuttle flights, to be worn during launch or spacewalks, when the toilet was not accessible. Male astronauts could wear a urine collection hose and bag assembly. Now most astronauts, male and female, choose to use ordinary disposable undergarments when they are wearing pressure suits. NASA has transferred several types of disposable underwear and urine/fecal collection devices to the Museum.
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.