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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Several Suits, a Toilet but No Lipstick

APMikhail Tyurin sharing a light moment with Anousheh Ansari at the training center in Star City on Thursday.
The world's first female space tourist will take a tailored wardrobe, a special collection of female hygiene items and even a customized toilet bowl when she blasts off for the international space station next month.

But she will have to do without one thing for the 10-day jaunt: makeup.

U.S. entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan with U.S. commander Miguel Lopez-Alegria and Russian flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin on Sept. 14. This week she took the spot of a Japanese businessman who had failed a medical examination.

Space engineers are now refitting the Soyuz-TMA spaceship to accommodate a woman.

"A woman's organism is different. That's why we need to modify some of the life systems in the capsule," Nikolai Sevastyanov, president and chief designer of the Energiya rocket company, said Thursday, Itar-Tass reported.

The engineers at the Baikonur Cosmodrome are to change the special shock-absorbing seat liner on the seat that had been previously assigned to the Japanese businessman, Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto.

Zvezda, which has made seats, suits and other personal equipment for every single cosmonaut since Yury Gagarin, has put together a collection of suits for Ansari, including a spacesuit, a heat-insulating suit and a special outfit dubbed Centaur, designed to withstand the force of gravity during landing, said Sergei Pozdnyakov, Zvezda's deputy director general. Other clothing includes undergarments, a working suit, shorts and T-shirts.

Since Ansari was on the backup crew even before Enomoto failed his medical examination, her wardrobe is already at Baikonur and it will only take a day or two to replace Enomoto's belongings with hers inside the Soyuz-TMA craft, Pozdnyakov said. "It is a standard procedure that should not take too long, and they might have already done it by now," he said by telephone.

Ansari, as any female astronaut, requires a special toilet bowl, Pozdnyakov said. "This equipment is fit for No. 1 and No. 2," he said.

Ansari also will be given personal female hygiene items made for her at Moscow's Institute of Medical and Biological Research, which plays a leading role in monitoring the health of crewmembers and feeding them.

However, Ansari won't be able to carry any makeup on board.

"I believe she is ready to sacrifice more than that for the sake of fulfilling of her dream," an unidentified institute official told Interfax, without elaborating.