On Tuesday (September 29) a private cargo spacecraft from Virginia will deliver tons of new equipment to the International Space Station, conducting scientific experiments, skincare from the EST loader, a. New space toilet.
The mission, known as the Cygnus NG-14, will deliver 7,624 pounds (3,458 kilograms) of cargo on the 14th aircraft to Nortrop Grumman’s robotic Cygnus spacecraft and the 13th mission of the redistribution craft. International Space Station. Cygnus will be launched on September 29 at 10:27 pm on an Antares rocket. EDT (0227 am GMT September 30) from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
There is Nortrop Grumman The Cygnus spacecraft was named the SS Command Chawla To pay tribute to astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven astronauts who died in the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster.
“Humanity faces many challenges today, and I’m proud to be a part of a community that regularly embraces the challenges of solving problems and making them a reality,” said David Brady, a scientist at the Johnson Spacecraft Center in Houston on Thursday.
About 8,000 years ago. Cargo carrying Cygnus into space will include scientific experiments as well as crew supplies such as food and the newly updated space toilet, officially known as the Universal Waste Management System. The space station’s Expedition 64 will deliver cargo to support the crew, but soon SpaceX’s crew 1 astronauts will be able to use some of these cargo. It will be launched on October 23.
The $ 23 million space toilet, which was created using astronaut input, will be among the major tests and equipment sent with the launch. NASA officials say the toilet is currently 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the space station’s toilet.
“It’s designed to optimize the use of toilets for women workers, and I spent a lot of time with NASA crew members to improve the use of the commode,” said Melissa McKinley, NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction Project Manager, in the same teleconference.
The commodity will also include a radish growing experiment known as Plant Habitat-02; Onco selectors investigation focusing on cancer treatments; Testing a new water recovery system; A special camera that captures how to get to the space station in 360 degree virtual reality; Skincare serum bottles from EST Loader; And so on.
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