NASA tweeted late Thursday the launch was canceled about 2 minutes before liftoff "due to an unknown problem with a component of ground support equipment". The spacecraft is carrying cargo and supplies to International Space Station (ISS).
An attempt to launch a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus space station cargo ship was aborted less than three minutes before liftoff from Virginia's Eastern Shore Thursday evening, the third launch abort in in less than 24 hours for three different US rockets.
After the first toilet heads to the ISS, another unit will be installed in Orion for the Artemis II flight test, according to NASA. The new is created to better accommodate women, who are expected to have an increased presence in space exploration. "Cleaning up a mess is a big deal", she explained. The funnels have also been redesigned so women can do a pee and take a shit at the same time - until now, they've had to choose one or the other.
If Northrop Grumman can quickly find and fix the problem that caused Thursday's Antares scrub at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport - MARS - at Wallops Island, Virginia, the company could attempt another launch try at 8:16 p.m. EDT Friday, 27 minutes before SpaceX plans to launch the Global Positioning System satellite. This toilet is roughly half the size of toilets now being used in the International Space Station.
Melissa McKinley, the project manager at Johnson Space Centre, said the toilet's new shape should help all astronauts position themselves better to poop. "What we try to do aboard the space station is mimic elements of Earth's natural water cycle to reclaim water from the air". Titanium and other tough alloys were chosen for the new toilet to withstand all the acid in the urine pretreatment.
The United States space administration Nasa launched a new type of toilet into space a little after four o'clock in the morning, which astronauts are supposed to use on their upcoming expedition to the moon.
More toilets will be needed as SpaceX launches astronauts to the space station and Boeing stays on course to send up its first crew in less than a year.
The last time NASA ordered up a new toilet was in the early 1990s to accommodate a two-week space shuttle mission.