DACT, Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk, Shuttle, S. Ride

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    DACT, Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk, Shuttle, S. Ride

    Mesh fabric shorts with absorbent padding and waterproof outer layer; zipper on left leg; prominent seams; sized for Sally Ride.

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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 undergarment was developed for use by female astronauts on early Shuttle flights, to be worn during launch or spacewalks, when the toilet was not accessible. Male astronauts could wear a urine collection hose and bag assembly. Now most astronauts, male and female, choose to use ordinary disposable undergarments when they are wearing pressure suits. NASA has transferred several types of disposable underwear and urine/fecal collection devices to the Museum.