Sunday, 29 June 2014
The First Space Espresso Machine
Is there a better way to start a week than with some unrelated awesome hi-tech, lifestyle and space-travel-inspired news. So, here goes it. Apparently, Italian cofee company Lavazza teamed up with Argotech and the Italian Space Agency to design and build the first ever espresso machine to actually operate in space, at the International Space Station. The coffee maker measures 17 by 14 inches and weighs just a tad over 44 pounds.
According to US astronaut Donald Pettit, this is one of the most welcome additions to humanity's space frontier hub and a considerable improvement over the freeze-dried coffee previously served on the Earth's orbit.
Obviously, in zero gravity the drinks will be served in plastic bags with complementary straws. The coffee maker will arrive at the International Space Station early next year and will be delivered by the first Italian female astronaut at the space station - Samantha Cristoforetti.