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Samantha Cristoforetti: First Espresso in Space Is Italiano

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 01:53 PM

Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut on the International Space Station, became the first astronaut to sip espresso while in space, courtesy of a specially-made coffee machine which was flown up to the crew recently.

The ISSpresso machine was created by Italian coffee company Lavazza and engineering firm Argotec, which had the tricky job of making a high-pressure, steaming coffee-maker operate in zero gravity, reported CNN Money. Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, got her shot at the espresso on Sunday.



In recognition of the event, Cristoforetti took a selfie while on the space station dressed in a Star Trek uniform and posted it.


NBC News noted the ISSpresso machine's arrival to the space station was a long time coming. It was supposed to have come on the Orbital Sciences resupply capsule last fall but that unmanned rocket exploded shortly after takeoff from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Oct. 28, noted Space.com.

Astronauts lost the space espresso machine along with 5,000 pounds of food, scientific experiments and other supplies on that flight.

SpaceX came through for the coffee-loving astronauts, though, delivering an ISSpresso machine in April, noted NBC. Cristoforetti was running out of time to try it out because she returns to Earth next week.

Many people on social media were impressed by the space station's espresso feat.


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