Water Dispenser, Apollo 9

Water Dispenser, Apollo 9

     

This water dispenser was part of the equipment carried aboard Apollo 9. It is made of stainless steel, and was designed to dispense measured amounts of hot or cold water into the food containers.

Feeding the astronauts a nutritious diet was of paramount importance, but problems associated with storage and dispensing had to be overcome. Due to space and weight considerations, food had to be lightweight and have the ability to be compressed when possible. For the early missions, it also had to be stored without refrigeration and have the ability to be eaten under weightless conditions.

Transferred to the Museum from NASA in 1973.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Whirlpool Corporation

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

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

Materials
Stainless steel
Dimensions
3-D: 12.7 x 20.3 x 3.8cm (5 x 8 x 1 1/2 in.)

This water dispenser was part of the equipment carried aboard Apollo 9. It is made of stainless steel, and was designed to dispense measured amounts of hot or cold water into the food containers.

Feeding the astronauts a nutritious diet was of paramount importance, but problems associated with storage and dispensing had to be overcome. Due to space and weight considerations, food had to be lightweight and have the ability to be compressed when possible. For the early missions, it also had to be stored without refrigeration and have the ability to be eaten under weightless conditions.

Transferred to the Museum from NASA in 1973.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Whirlpool Corporation

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

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

Materials
Stainless steel
Dimensions
3-D: 12.7 x 20.3 x 3.8cm (5 x 8 x 1 1/2 in.)

ID: A19731291000