International Space Station

Cargo ship carries a $23 million female-friendly toilet to International Space Station

Running 24 hours behind because of a ground software issue , the rocket's two Russian-built RD-181 first-stage engines thundered to life at 9:16 p.m. EDT, instantly pushing the Cygnus cargo ship skyward from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport — MARS — at NASA's Wallops Island, Virginia, test facility.

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship blasts off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport — MARS — at NASA's Wallops Island flight test center Friday, boosting a Cygnus cargo ship into orbit loaded with four tons of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station.

The Antares rocket also suffered a launch abort Thursday night due to the ground software glitch, but it was clear sailing Friday as Northrop Grumman kicked off the company's 14th cargo run to the International Space Station.

It features multiple design improvements that will be put to the test on the space station before they eventually make their way into Orion capsules bound for the moon in NASA's Artemis program.

As for Estée Lauder, the station crew will photograph containers of the company's Advanced Night Repair cream while they float in the multi-window cupola compartment against the blue-and-white backdrop of Earth.

It is just some pictures that will be taken in the iconic cupola that we'll be using on our social media platform," said Stéphane de La Faverie, group president of The Estée Lauder Companies.

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