NASA launching new space toilet and more to space station this week

NASAs new area toilet for the International Space Station undergoes testing at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (Image credit: NASA) The $23 million space toilet, which was created with astronaut input, will be amongst the important experiments and equipment sent with this launch. This toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the toilet currently on the space station, NASA officials said.
It was created to enhance “the use of the toilet for the female team, and NASA spent a great deal of time dealing with crewmembers … to enhance making use of the commode,” Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction project supervisor, stated during the exact same teleconference..
The freight will also include a radish-growing experiment known as Plant Habitat-02; the Onco Selectors investigation, which will focus on cancer treatments; an unique water recovery system experiment; a specialized video camera that will record what its like to be aboard the area station in 360-degree virtual reality; bottles of skincare serum from Estée Lauder; and much more.
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” Humanity deals with numerous difficulties today, and Im proud to be part of a neighborhood that accepts obstacles on a regular basis that turns issues into options and chances into truth,” David Brady, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston, said about the launch during a prelaunch teleconference Thursday (Sept. 24)..
The nearly 8,000 pounds. of cargo brought to space by Cygnus will include team products like food together with scientific experiments and even a newly upgraded area toilet, officially called the Universal Waste Management System. The freight will be provided to support the Expedition 64 crew aboard the area station, though quite quickly SpaceXs Crew 1 astronauts might use a few of this freight, as they are set to launch on Oct. 23..

The nearly 8,000 lbs. (Image credit: NASA) The $23 million area toilet, which was created with astronaut input, will be among the essential experiments and devices sent with this launch. This toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the toilet currently on the space station, NASA authorities stated.

A private freight spacecraft will raise off from Virginia on Tuesday (Sept. 29), bring lots of fresh products to the International Space Station, including scientific experiments, skincare from Estée Lauder and a brand-new space toilet.
The objective, referred to as Cygnus NG-14, will be provide 7,624 lbs (3,458 kilograms) of freight on the14th flight for Northrop Grummans robotic Cygnus spacecraft and the resupply crafts 13th mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus will launch atop an Antares rocket Sept. 29 at 10:27 p.m. EDT (0227 a.m. GMT Sept. 30) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia..
Northrop Grumman has actually named the Cygnus spacecraft the S.S. Kalpana Chawla to honor astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who was one of 7 astronauts who died in the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003.
You can view the launch live here at, courtesy of NASA TV, straight at NASA TELEVISION start at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT Sept. 30) or at NASA Wallops Ustream site starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. EDT..
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