Kit, Urine Collection, Shuttle-Mir


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 urine collection kit was used for biomedical research in space. Urine, like blood, carries a wealth of information about the status of the human body under normal and stressful conditions. Some researchers studying the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body devise experiments that involve collecting and freezing urine, blood, and other body fluids for post-flight analysis. This urine collection kit contains collection bags with roll-on cuffs (designed for use by males), cleansing wipes, and deodorant strips. It was part of a research project conducted on the Space Shuttle-Mir missions, a joint effort of the United States and Russia in multi-month stays on the Russian space station during the 1990s.

NASA transferred this kit and various other items from in-orbit research to the Museum after the Space Shuttle program ended in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Country of Origin

United States of America


synthetic fabric, velcro, paper


3-D: 21 x 19.1 x 27.9cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 11 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum