Space station supply ship delivers espresso
Space station supply ship delivers espresso A prototype of Lavazza and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine (AP photos)
Space station supply ship delivers espresso
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The SpaceX supply ship that arrived at the International Space Station has delivered the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule. It came three days after its Florida launch and was retrieved with the help of a giant robot arm. The cargo carrier holds more than 4,000 pounds of much-needed groceries, experiments and equipment.

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

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"It's been just amazing," Cristoforetti said after snaring the Dragon over the Pacific on Friday, April 17. "Lots of science and even coffee's in there. So that's pretty exciting."

The espresso machine is three months late. That is 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 Cristoforetti. She returns home in May.

She says she can't wait to try some space espresso.

The Dragon will remain at the orbiting lab until around May 21. Then it will be released full of experiments and discarded equipment for a return to Earth. It's the only supply ship capable of bringing items back.

Among the newly arrived research are experiments for American astronaut Scott Kelly. He is just a few weeks into a one-year mission. That will be a record for NASA.

SpaceX, meanwhile, released a video showing its first-stage booster landing on an ocean platform shortly after liftoff, then tipping over in flames. It was the California company's third attempt to fly a booster rocket to the platform stationed off Florida's northeastern coast.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the platform endured just minor damage. The platform has been dubbed, "Just Read the Instructions."

The next try will be in June on the next SpaceX supply run for NASA.

Musk is a billionaire entrepreneur who also runs the Tesla electric car maker. He wants to reuse his rockets to bring down the cost of space flight.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the International Space Station's expresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts?

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  • LaurenT-5
    4/23/2015 - 08:14 p.m.

    SpaceX has created the first espresso machine designed for astronauts. Italy provided the machine and it came with a big supply of need groceries. The machine was three months late due to the loss of supply ship earlier this year. Cristoforetti, a lady in space at the moment loves the new science they brought and the espresso. The dragon, the space rocket is currently orbiting the lab and will soon gather objects to return to Earth. Many people in Spacex are designing cooler things for astronauts and for space. This article was very cool to read. I liked it a lot.

  • sam5016
    4/23/2015 - 08:49 p.m.

    I do not think that airplanes without any pilots is a good idea I do not think that this is a good idea because I think the terrorist could hack into the plane and crash it somehow

  • ImanB-1
    4/23/2015 - 08:58 p.m.

    The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station and brought the world's first espresso machine! It was delivered three months late, because of the backlog created by last year's loss of a supply ship in a launch explosion. An Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, is very excited saying, "It's been just amazing." I wonder if the espresso would taste any different, or where would they have the power to power it? I think it's very exciting to bring coffee into space.

  • DylanM-4
    4/23/2015 - 09:49 p.m.

    After many months, the first coffee trip has been made for the people at the International Space Station. A espresso machine has been transported to the station. It came along with a lot more food, supplies, and experiments. One of the astronauts at the station said that they are very excited to have fresh coffee instead of instant coffee. I think its excited for the people at the station to get all their new supplies. One of the most exciting parts is to get something you have been missing for several months.

  • brandkelly
    4/23/2015 - 11:39 p.m.

    In this article you learn about the first of espresso delivered to space at the space station I think that the school is someone to deliver an espresso so far away from a Starbucks

  • ConnorK-2
    4/23/2015 - 11:49 p.m.

    A much needed espresso machine, and espresso ingredients, just arrived at the international space station. Italian astronaut Christoforetti, was given this espresso machine by spaceX's "Dragon" which is used to supply the astronaut with the essentials such as equipment, food and liquids, and toiletries. Christoforetti says " I can't wait to try this new espresso machines!" She was living on instant coffee, so this should be a great change in her diet. The "Dragon" will stay up In orbit with the international space station until May 21st. In my opinion this is a great improvement for astronauts, who are addicted to caffeine.

  • EmilyK-2
    4/24/2015 - 12:00 a.m.

    This article is about astronauts finally being able to have fresh coffee in space. There has been a creator of an espresso machine that is extraordinary. It has the capability to deliver fresh, hot coffee to astronauts who are on missions in space. This is a big improvement compared to the instant coffee they have had to have till now. I think that it is really smart that they would do something like this because I would never think about an astronauts need for coffee, but to them this new tool could be a huge improvement.

  • T.ludwig
    4/24/2015 - 12:10 a.m.

    The dragon capsule delivered over 4,000lbs of goods to the international space station. Included in those four tons was the worlds first space expression machine. The machine was delivered for one astronaut who has been stuck with instant coffe ever since her deployment. The supplies arrived three days after it's launch, but a few months after the first suppliy ship crash.

    This is amazing that so many advances are being made in the space industry.

  • DylanT-5
    4/24/2015 - 01:59 a.m.

    All over the world, coffee helps billions start their days. Now, it even helps astronauts in space. The espresso maker was shipped in a dragon capsule. Until May 21, the dragon capsule will orbit the space station. Cristoforetti says she can't wait to try some of the space espresso shipped to her, especially since it had a 3 month delivery delay.

    I think it's pretty cool that people can have all these foods in space. With imrpovements like this, I think we can settle on other planets sometime soon!

  • JesseE-2
    4/24/2015 - 03:07 a.m.

    The Dragon supply capsule arrived at the International Space Station on April 17th with various necessities and materials, including, significantly, an espresso machine sent by Italy that is functional in space. This is especially to the favor of the astronaut who captured the ship, Samantha Cristoforetti, who favors its products over the instant coffee she has consumed during the rest of her trip. The Dragon will begin to carry discarded equipment and experiments back to Earth on May 21. Experiments for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who will shortly break a record for NASA with a one-year mission, arrived as well. SpaceX, meanwhile, has been attempting and failing to land a booster rocket on an ocean platform in Florida and recently released footage of their third attempt, which ended in flames and minor damage to the platform.

    I found the basis of this article amusing and entertaining for its personal description of a real astronaut. The end of the article seemed partially irrelevant, however.

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