Collection Assembly, Fecal, Apollo

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This collection bag was designed by the Whirlpool Corporation as part of the personal hygiene system assigned to the astronauts for use during the Apollo missions. This bag, however, was not flown on a mission.

The system is self-contained, giving the astronaut flexibility and control in a weightless environment, and allows for a simple and hygienic disposal. The paper on the round end was removed to expose an adhesive portion that astronauts could affix to themselves and use to seal the bag after use. A germicidal tablet was then activated inside the bag to kill bacteria and the bag was placed in a containment bag for storage and disposal.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1975.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A19750739000

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

  • Bag: Plastic
  • Contents: Germicide packet, 8 paper towels, 1 cotton/nylon cloth

Dimensions

Overall: 15 inches long x 7 1/2 in. wide x 1 in. deep (38.1 x 19.05 x 2.54cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management