NASA to Launch $23 Million-Worth 'Space Toilet' to International Space Station on Sept. 29

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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!

NASA to Launch $23 Million-Worth 'Space Toilet' to International Space Station on Sept. 29

(Photo : Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation May 29, 2011 in space. After 20 years, 25 missions and more than 115 million miles in space, NASA space shuttle Endeavour is on the last leg of its final flight to the International Space Station before being retired and donated to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Capt. Mark E. Kelly, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband, has lead mission STS-134 as it delivered the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-2) to the International Space Station.

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?

NASA to Launch $23 Million-Worth 'Space Toilet' to International Space Station on Sept. 29

(Photo : Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Expedition 28 flight engineer, waits at an International Space Station's pressurized mating adapter (PMA-2) docked to the space shuttle Atlantis, as the station's robotic system moves the failed pump module (out of frame) over to the spacewalking astronaut and the shuttle's cargo bay during a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk July 12, 2011 in space. This is the 160th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998. Space shuttle Atlantis has embarked on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia

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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