Sample Bag, Urine Collection Kit


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 bag is part of a kit used for biomedical research in space. Investigations of changes in the human body caused by long-duration spaceflight often require urine samples taken before, during, and after flight to trace and understand those effects. This sample bag is designed for use by males, who urinate into it by attaching the roll-on cuff to the penis. The bag is then detached, sealed, and stored in a freezer for post-flight analysis.

NASA transferred the urine collection kit stuffed with such bags and cleansing wipes 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


plastic, rubber, velcro, adhesive


3-D (flat): 53.3 x 14.6 x 2.5cm (21 x 5 3/4 x 1 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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