The “ISSpresso”: Coffee In Space (Video)

This November Samantha Cristoforetti, the first female Italian astronaut in space, will deliver the “ISSpresso” to the International Space Station (ISS).

For the first time astronauts aboard the ISS will be able to enjoy freshly brewed cups of coffee. It’s amazing to think that despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have gone into the ISS, astronauts still don’t have access to a simple cup of Joe.

Thankfully this is going to soon change, according to The Independent, because of…

“The ISSpresso: a specially designed machine created by Italian coffee manufacturer Lavazza and aerospace specialist Argotec that is capable of producing an “authentic Italian espresso” in space.”

Aside from the tremendous transportation costs associated with anything that goes to or from the ISS, one of the main challenges for making coffee in space is overcoming the lack of gravity. The last thing you want is scolding coffee droplets floating around in the morning.

Fortunately, the “ISSpresso” has been designed to overcome zero gravity and…

“…includes “back-ups of all the critical components,” with a heavily-modified design tackling the unique problems of making coffee in a microgravity environment as the ISS hurtles through space nearly 400km above Earth,”

 

according to The Independent.

Check out the video below to learn more about the “ISSpresso”…

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