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Cosmic Caffeine: Astronauts Getting Espresso Maker

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 8:44am
Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws in orbit.

They'll still have to use the pouches but at least the freshly brewed coffee will pack some zero-gravity punch.

Italy's first female astronaut should be aboard the space station when the specially designed espresso machine arrives early next year. She'll be the first out-of-this-world barista.

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