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Saturday, April 18, 2015
COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / REAL ROCKET FUEL FOR SPACE STATION CREW
ALBEIT YESTERDAY’S COFFEE—Guest Blog by MarketBusinessNews.com--Astronauts at the International Space Station will soon have access to the first-ever space espresso coffee machine. This one uses recycled urine which the space crew have dubbed “yesterday’s coffee”.
According to NASA, the 6th SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched last Monday (5-13-15) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The Falcon 9 rocket carried its Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS filled with over 4,300 pounds of supplies and payloads, including the much-awaited espresso coffee machine designed for use in orbit.
The idea of a coffee maker in space came from Italian astronauts Luca Parmitano and Paolo Nespoli, who quickly noticed there was no espresso during their visit to ISS.
The device, called the ISSpresso, was designed and developed by manufacturers Argotec and Lavazza.
According to Argotec, it is the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the extreme conditions of space.