NASA set to blast £18million toilet into space this week for astronauts to use

Stargazers and space enthusiasts will be able to witness something spectacular on Tuesday – a brand new toilet being launched in to space.

NASA is set to despatch a cargo spacecraft filled with fresh supplies for the International Space Station which will also include skincare products from Estée Lauder, scientific equipment and the new space toilet.

The mission has been named Cygnus NG-14 and will include 3,458kg of equipment and products set to dock with the station which orbits Earth.

Blast off is set for 10.27pm EDT on Tuesday – which is 2.27am on Wednesday morning UK time – with the craft due to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA and will both be broadcasting the launch, with coverage starting at 10.00pm EDT (2.00am GMT).

David Brady, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, discussed the importance of such launches.

He told “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.”

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While the inclusion of the space toilet has excited astronauts and space experts alike.

The device has been christened the Universal Waste Management System and cost an incredible $23 million (£18 million).

The new device is being hailed for it’s sleek design – being 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the current loo installed on the station.

Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction project manager, highlighted the ingenuity behind the new loo design.

She told it was designed to optimise: “"the use of the toilet for the female crew, and NASA spent a lot of time working with crew members… to improve the use of the commode.”

Other products being added to the shipment are a water recovery system, a new camera to capture life on board the station, and a radish-growing experiment.

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