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DACT, Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk, Shuttle, S. Ride

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


Manufacturer: ILC Space Systems

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Approximate: 1 ft. 6 in. long x 1 ft. 10 in. wide (45.72 x 55.88cm)

Materials: fabric, plastic

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.

Inventory number: A20000679000

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