Beta cloth Buddy Secondary Life Support System (BSLSS) stowage bag personally used by Commander Alan Shepard during training for the Apollo 14 mission. The bag measures 15 x 11.5 and has a side flap cover with snap closure, as well as an upper strap, 33.5″ in length, with looped locking hardware at each end. In fine condition. First used on Apollo 14, the Buddy Secondary Life Support System (BSLSS) was a set of hoses and connectors designed in the case of a failed Portable Life Support System (PLSS) during an extended lunar EVA, which ultimately enabled the astronaut with the functioning PLSS to share cooling water with his partner. In the event that an astronaut's PLSS failed, the Oxygen Purge System (OPS) mounted on top of the failed PLSS could provide enough oxygen for breathing, as well as the required CO2 purging and cooling to allow the astronauts’ return to the LM. The BSLSS was carried on the PLSS during Apollo 14 EVA training, on the Apollo 14 Modular Equipment Transporter (MET), and on the Lunar Rover for missions 15-17. From the collection of Dan Schaiewitz, who worked as Extravehicular Crew Training Engineer at KSC.
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