Description 14" X 9.75" white canvas bag with English and Russian writing. English writing includes DRIED CHEMISTRY RETURN SAMPLE BAG and RETURN TO EARTH. P/N 5DD46115464-701. Four velcro patches on the back of bag. Item is in good condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center. Currently held in the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Not flown. Item is in original condition with some random pen marks. Part of order #11-1.
Purpose When astronauts had to go to the bathroom up in space, the absence of gravity makes urine bags a necessity as a means of waste management.
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Description 11.25" X 6.63" X 4" white canvas bag with black Velcro. Two pouches on the inside lid; one labeled syringe + Needle the other 4" X 4" Gauze Squares. Item has dirt smudges and stains throughout. Item is in bad condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center. Currently held in the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Not flown. Item is in rough condition with blood stains and random dirt. Use gloves when examining. Part of order # 3. Please note* Singular bag but title is listed in the plural form as from NASA.
Purpose Bandage kit bags such as the one shown here are a part of the Shuttle Orbiter Medical System also known as SOMS. The kits aid crew member in treating injuries and illnesses, and stabilizes major injuries until crew land back on earth. The contents of the bag depend on the length of the mission and the jobs being done by the astronauts.
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Description 7" X 4" translucent plastic pouch attached to white and dark grey collection pouch. Top pouch has hole, green patch and the following number printed on it: P/N 115D406100-101, S/NDE1411, MDAC NO. IB79142-3. Item is in fair condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center in Houston Texas. Currently Held at the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Unclear if flown. Item is part of order #11-2
Purpose Collection units are used for securely storing and transporting a variety of biological samples that might otherwise present a health concern, such as waste.
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Description Three UTS Cuff Medium foil wrapped pouches plus one clear plastic 1' X 2" X 1" pouch with serial number IB90464-1. All four items are stored in a clear plastic ziplock pouch with identification tag attached. Item has a fair amount of use. Item is in good condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center in Houston Texas. Currently Held at the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Unclear if flown. Item is part of order #11-2.
Purpose While in space, crew members are required to take samples of their urine and place it in the urine sample container for medical analysis once the space craft landed.
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Description 4" X 4" X 2.7" white foam sculpted piece with a metal plate on the bottom and one on the top with .5" and .75" holes cut in the top plate only. Clear plastic bag included. Bottom plate has SED32102641-301, SN 1005 printed on it. Item is in good condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center. Currently held in the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Not flown. Part of order #11-2.
Purpose Test tubes are used for any number of scientific experiments, on Earth and in space. Foam holders like this one hold tubes securely and also more delicately than traditional metal racks, which is especially important in space, where floating glass and samples could present real danger.
For more information about how test tubes are used in NASA experiments:
Description Three canvas pouches with Velcro closures. Two pouches are 1.5" X 2" X .75" and are labeled; Alcohol Wipes and the third pouch is 5.32" X 2" X .75" and is labeled Catheters. Serial numbers are printed on the back of each. The two smaller ones; SDD46107165-701 and the larger; SDD46107273-701. All three are contained in a small plastic bubble wrap bag. Items are in good condition.
Provenance Shipped from LBJ Space Center. Currently held in the Orland Park Public Library NASA Special Collection. Not flown. Item is in original but soiled condition. Part of order # 4. Item shares box with Arm Sizing Insert.*
Purpose Astronauts submit blood, saliva, and urine sample for regular analysis of their health. These bags are labeled to hold sanitizing wipes and catheters for sample collection.
For more information about biological samples taken in space:
Description 4.13" X 4" silver colored flexible pouch. Sealed on all four ends. Item has pull-tab with directional indicator. Printed words include: OPEN, PULL, BIOCIDE WIPE, SC-2, 1B91023-503 (H). Item came with a white translucent plastic box; 10.25" X 12.5" X 5". Item is in good condition.
Provenance Shipped from NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Currently being held in Orland Park Public Library. Part of order #21.
Purpose Skylab Biocide wipes were used to clean up spills while in the space station. Areas where these wipes were used were kitchen/food preparation areas and bathroom areas.
For more information see:
http://msis.jsc.nasa.gov/sections/section13.htm, look under section: 13.2.2 Housekeeping Design Considerations.
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