Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo 11


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:

This collection bag was designed by the Whirlpool Corporation as part of the personal hygiene system assigned to the astronauts for use during the Apollo missions. These bags were flown on the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. As they were not used, they were returned to Earth.

The system is self-contained, giving the astronaut flexibility and control in a weightless environment, and allows for a simple and hygienic disposal. The paper on the round end was removed to expose an adhesive portion that astronauts could affix to themselves and use to seal the bag after use. A germicidal tablet was then activated inside the bag to kill bacteria and the bag was placed in a containment bag for storage and disposal.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Synthetic Fabric
  • Germicide
  • Adhesive
  • Ink
  • Velcro
  • Bags: Plastic, polyethelyne
  • Contents: cotton/polyester towel, disinfectant


  • Overall (Outer Bag): 28.9 x 16.5 x 1.3cm (11 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 1/2 in.)
  • 3-D (Fecal Collection Bag): 24.8 x 18.7 x 1.9cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management

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