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Chemicals, Desalinization, Rucksack #1, Apollo 15

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This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition station at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: Van Brode Milling Company Inc.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 10.2 x 3.8 x 1.3cm (4 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in.)


Chemical desalter packets were designed to be used in conjunction with the desalinization bags. The desalter kits in the survival rucksack contained a desalter process bag, desalter tablets, and bag repair tape. The desalter bags are plastic with a filter at the bottom. Approximately one pint of seawater is put into a bag and one tablet added. After one hour, drinking water may be taken through a valve on the bottom of the bag.

These packets were flown on Apollo 15, and transferred to the Smithsonian from NASA in 1978.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Inventory number: A19781452006

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