Finally a good coffee early in the morning in outer space
On 3 May 2015, the first espresso coffee was drunk in the space. And we wonder, how was possible that those heroes of the space could work that high without drinking proper coffee early in the morning until that day? It's a mystery.
This amazing achievement arrived with the creation of ISSpresso, the first capsule coffee machine at the space, which has been installed on the International Space Station (ISS) by the Italian female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Made by Argotec, an Italian aerospace engineering company based in Torino together with Lavazza, it is the result of the most advanced scientific research and a symbol of the Made in Italy – Made in Torino brand. And, after all, a relief for astronauts. They can finally feel like at home but 400 km over the Earth.
The machine is able to prepare a perfect espresso in the typical space weightlessness condition, and it can also improve the living condition of astronauts by heating water and hydrating food. The project has helped to enhance the knowledge about the principles of fluid dynamics and conditions in micro-gravity, and has generated several patents for terrestrial and extraterrestrial use.
Maybe that's one small sip for a woman, but one giant leap for humankind.