Chemicals, Desalinization, Rucksack #1, Apollo

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Chemical desalter packets made by the Van Brode Milling Company 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 not flown. NASA transferred them to the Smithsonian in 1978.