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.