NASA will soon launch a new cargo into space, scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The private cargo spacecraft will lift off from Virginia, which carries new equipment for the International Space Station (ISS). These include scientific experiments, Estee Lauder items, and a space toilet. Yup, astronauts need to take number two, too.
NASA is having a launch date with a... toilet!
The mission, known as Cygnus NG-14, will be happening on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10:27 p.m. EDT, coming from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
According to Space news site, the rocket will be carrying 7,624 lbs of materials from Earth to space. This will be the 13th mission to the International Space Station that will be launching the astronauts' needed supplies.
Since the rocket has a limited amount to carry, only essentials will be launched to space and carried to the ISS. These includes:
- food supplies for astronauts
- the radish-growing experiment known as Plant Habitat-02
- The Onco Selectors investigation--the main focus on cancer therapies
- experiment on the novel water recovery system
- a specialized 360-degree virtual reality camera that will capture what it's like to be aboard the space station
- bottles of skincare serum from Estée Lauder
- And a space toilet worth $23 million
You've read it right! A space toilet will be launched soon into space for astronauts living in ISS. Of course, this is not your typical toilet at home, which makes its amount fair.
As said in the report, the toilet was created with a bunch of improvements compared to the last time NASA sent.
This $23 million-toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the current ISS have in the past.
It was also meant to enhance "the use of the toilet for the female crew, and NASA spent a lot of time working with crewmembers ... to improve the use of the commode," Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction project manager, said during the same teleconference.
Where can you watch it?
Just in case you want to watch the space toilet being launch from Earth to space, here's a way how.
Go to NASA Wallops' Ustream site beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. EDT or watch directly at NASA TV starting at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
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Written by Jamie Pancho