Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo

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    Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo

    Clear plastic bag with 8 paper cleaning towels, 1 cotton/nylon cloth, germicide packet

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    Apollo Fecal Collection Bag

    Fecal matter was sealed in a Fecal Bag with a liquid germicide and sealed again in an outer bag. This solid waste was then placed into a Sanitation Box built into the spacecraft.
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This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Human Spaceflight

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. This bag, however, was not flown on a 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 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 1975.