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Samantha Cristoforetti is the First to Try Space-Brewed Coffee


05/04/2015


Astronauts on the ISS brewed a few cups of espresso on a unique coffee machine, which was recently brought into orbit. The device will be used to study the behavior of liquids in weightlessness.



Coffee machine, which has been specially developed together with the famous Italian coffee producer Lavazza, was taken to space by American company SpaceX’s freighter Dragon on April 16.

A first glance, making coffee in space seems to be a trifle. However, it requires special development and application of advanced technologies. Coffee Machine is a highlight in a set of scientific experiments of the Italian mission «Futura», which is carried out by the first Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

The pictures, published in Twitter, demonstrates Cristoforetti with a special mug made for tasting drinks in weightlessness.

According to her testimony, the space espresso’s flavor turned to be as authentic as its earth analog, which can be enjoyed in every bar in the Apennines. Her collegues in the expedition - Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Anton Shkaplerov and Americans Scott Kelly and Terry Miles tried the coffee too - reports Tass.

Coffee machine on the ISS is not a gourmet’s whim but unique apparatus for the experiments in order to obtain new knowledge about the behavior of liquids in weightlessness, explain scientists. The coffee machine made entirely of steel weighs about 20 kilograms.

In addition, Dragon delivered to the station about two tons of payload, including food, equipment and materials for scientific experiments.

Samantha Cristoforetti’s six-month mission on the ISS ends May 14. The astronaut hold regular video sessions, and keep a diary in her Twitter. Italians watched her stay in space on the site of the Italian Space Agency.

Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend one year to the ISS. Russians have not sent astronauts into space for such a long time for 20 years, Americans - never. The commander Gennady Padalka will return to earth earlier, and then will become a world champion. All of his flights - it's almost 2.5 years of life under conditions of weightlessness.

The annual expedition, experts say, is a heavy load on the body - and the mood, add cosmonauts.

 - In the previous flight, I asked them to send pictures from a calendar with views of nature. I hung them around - and it became easier. - said cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.

US astronaut Scott Kelly’s bride seems to have got used to the steppe winds. She accompanies him to every space mission. Before each flight, she make sure to say "Come on, baby!"

A Russian Mikhail Kornienko’s wife, when realized that she will not see her husband for the year, burst into tears.

So far, twins Kelly have never had their birthday party separated. The day before the start, Mark Kelly arrived at the launch site to say goodbye to Scott. He is also an astronaut.

- A little bit envy indeed. I have experience of four space missions, and it is memorable. But this time he flew, and I would like to be in his place, - says Scott Kelly’s brother Mark Kelly.

The scientists let Mark Kelly go to space. Using the twins as an example, the doctors will study the changes in the body of astronauts during long flights. And, perhaps, the people who checked their spacesuits, will be the first candidates for a three-year mission to Mars.

source: mashable.com






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