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Lovell's Apollo 8 Suit Gallery


Detail of the legs.

I always assumed that the silver metal fairing was some sort of pressure relief valve, but while researching and referring to a diagram I found that it's actually a urine transfer connector (UTC), a quick-disconnect used to drain urine from the urine collection transfer assembly (aka "UCTA", which is a bladder worn inside the suit) to the LM or CM waste management system. This allows dumping urine without depressurizing the suit (e.g., should there be some sort of emergency).

Time picture taken Mon Jul 21 09:59:44 2003
Location picture taken Exhibit Galleries
Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio
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