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  "McDivitt Bag" in Apollo Lunar Module (LM)

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moorouge
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posted 02-28-2014 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During preparations for powered descent initiation (PDI) on the Apollo 15 flight, James Irwin makes mention of putting something in the "McDivitt bag."

Anyone any idea what the McDivitt bag was?

space1
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posted 02-28-2014 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a pouch that was attached to the console in front of the Commander at about waste level. It was easily opened and closed and was handy for stowing lose items. It was also sometimes called a purse.

moorouge
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posted 02-28-2014 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that. But why a McDivitt bag?

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posted 02-28-2014 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The bag was also called the "McDivitt purse" or just the purse. Here's a couple of relevant links, both from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. From the latter:
Finally, the fact that Alan [Bean] calls the Temporary Stowage Bag (TSB) the 'McDivitt Purse' suggests that the concept emerged from a suggestion by the Apollo 9 Commander. The Apollo 9 on-board recorder indicates that Rusty Schweikhart put his purge valve in his helmet bag and, consequently, that the first TSB post-dated Apollo 9. There is no mention of anything that could be the TSB during Apollo 10, probably because the LM crew never donned their PLSSs. During the lunar landing missions, the LM crews referred to what they all called, more simply, 'the purse'.

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