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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.

Display Status

This object is on display in Human Spaceflight at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Human Spaceflight
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management Manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation
Dimensions Overall: 15 inches long x 7 1/2 in. wide x 1 in. deep (38.1 x 19.05 x 2.54cm)
Materials Bag: Plastic
Contents: Germicide packet, 8 paper towels, 1 cotton/nylon cloth
Inventory Number A19750739000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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