Kit, Blood Collection

Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This blood collection kit may have been used for hematology, metabolic, hormonal, or immune system research in space. Blood is a rich source of information about the status of the human body under normal and stressful conditions. Because long-duration spaceflight causes a variety of changes in bodily functions, researchers studying those effects often devise experiments that involve collecting and freezing blood samples for post-flight analysis. Comparing samples taken before, during, and after flight helps them trace and understand such changes. This kit contains gauze packets and sponges, Band-Aids, alcohol and biocide wipes, medical tape, a tourniquet, and a blood-draw device.

NASA transferred this set and a variety of other research equipment to the Museum when the Space Shuttle program ended in 2012.