Space station gets espresso machine

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Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The SpaceX supply ship has arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world’s first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

The space station crew captured the Dragon capsule on Friday morning – three days after its Florida launch – with the help of a giant robot arm.

The cargo carrier holds more than 1,800kg of much-needed food, experiments and equipment.

Italy provided the espresso maker for Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. She has been stuck with instant coffee since her mission began in November.

The espresso machine is three months late because of the backlog created by last year’s loss of a supply ship in a launch explosion.

Much later and the espresso machine would have missed the Italian astronaut, who returns home next month. She said she can not wait to try some space espresso.

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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