Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo 11

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More - https://iiif.si.edu

    View Manifest

    View in Mirador Viewer

    Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo 11

    Clear plastic bags for apollo fecal containment system; includes inner and outer fecal bags, cleansing towel and neutralizing chemical.

    1 of 1

Display Status:

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

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.