SpaceX Shipment ‘Espresso Maker’ Arrives at ISS

SpaceX Shipment ‘Espresso Maker’ Arrives at ISS
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Some Italians say life is not worth living without a good cup of espresso every day, so Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was especially excited when Elon Musk’s SpaceX supply ship delivered a specially designed espresso machine, coffee, groceries, experiments and equipment to the International Space Station.

NASA announced on Friday morning that the SpaceX Dragon capsule had arrived at the ISS just three days after its Florida launch. The capsule with its cargo carrier containing a 400-lb load was recovered with the assistance of a giant robot arm.

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Space espresso

As noted in an article in The New York Times, Italy provided the espresso maker for Captain Cristoforetti and the rest of the ISS crew, who’ve only had instant coffee to drink since the mission started back in November.

“It’s been just amazing,” Cristoforetti said after snaring the supply ship and reeling it in. “Lots of science and even coffee’s in there, so that’s pretty exciting.”

Of note, the espresso machine is actually almost three months late because of the loss of a supply ship in a launch accident late last year. If the supply mission had been delayed much longer, Cristoforetti, who comes b