Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo 11

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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 11 mission.

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 fluid was then released inside the bag to kill bacteria, and the bag could be resealed and placed in a containment bag for storage and disposal.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

These two bags make up the fecal containment assembly which is part of the personal hygiene system assigned to the astronauts for use during the Apollo missions. These bags were not flown on an Apollo mission.

The system is self-contained, giving the astronaut flexibility and control in a weightless environment, and allows for a simple and hygienic disposal.

Title

Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo 11

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Materials

  • Plastic, Adhesive, Ink, Velcro, Germicide, Synthetic Fabric, Paper
  • Bag: Plastic
  • Contents: Germicide packet, 8 paper towels, 1 cotton/nylon cloth

Dimensions

  • Overall (Empty Bag): 29.2 x 19.1 x 0.3cm (11 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 1/8 in.)
  • 3-D (Bag with Supplies): 34 x 20 x 2.5cm (13 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management

Inventory Number

A19700102001