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NASA to launch $23 million-worth new ‘Space Toilet’ and more to space station this week

The private Cygnus rocket is planned to dispatch on Sept. 29.

A private load shuttle will lift off from Virginia on Tuesday (Sept. 29), conveying huge amounts of new supplies to the International Space Station, including logical examinations, skincare from Estée Lauder and a pristine space latrine.

The mission, known as Cygnus NG-14, will be convey 7,624 lbs (3,458 kilograms) of load on the14th trip for Northrop Grumman’s mechanical Cygnus rocket and the resupply art’s thirteenth mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus will dispatch on an Antares rocket Sept. 29 at 10:27 p.m. EDT (0227 a.m. GMT Sept. 30) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Northrop Grumman has named the Cygnus rocket the S.S. Kalpana Chawla to respect space traveler Kalpana Chawla, who was one of seven space travelers who kicked the bucket in the Columbia transport misfortune in 2003.

You can watch the dispatch live here at Space.com, kindness of NASA TV, legitimately at NASA TV starting at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT Sept. 30) or at NASA Wallops’ Ustream site starting at around 5:30 p.m. EDT.

“Humanity faces many challenges today, and I’m proud to be part of a community that accepts challenges on a regular basis that turns problems into solutions and opportunities into reality,” David Brady, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said about the launch during a prelaunch teleconference Thursday (Sept. 24).

The almost 8,000 lbs. of freight conveyed to space by Cygnus will incorporate team supplies like food close by logical investigations and even a recently refreshed space latrine, authoritatively called the Universal Waste Management System. The freight will be conveyed to help the Expedition 64 group on board the space station, however truly soon SpaceX’s Crew 1 space explorers may utilize a portion of this load, as they are set to dispatch on Oct. 23.

The $23 million space latrine, which was made with space traveler input, will be among the significant investigations and gear sent with this dispatch. This latrine is 65% littler and 40% lighter than the latrine presently on the space station, NASA authorities said.

It was intended to upgrade “the utilization of the latrine for the female group, and NASA invested a great deal of energy working with crewmembers … to improve the utilization of the cabinet,” Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction venture director, said during a similar video chat.

The freight will likewise incorporate a radish-developing trial known as Plant Habitat-02; the Onco Selectors examination, which will zero in on disease treatments; a novel water recuperation framework test; a particular camera that will catch what it resembles to be on board the space station in 360-degree augmented reality; containers of skincare serum from Estée Lauder; and substantially more.