So Samantha Cristoforetti couldn’t stand the instant coffee she had to consume during her sojourn on the International Space Station. And can you blame her? Instant coffee is like instant sirloin—a mistake.
Did I mention that Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut?
The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday morning, delivering the world’s first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, 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, who’s been stuck with instant coffee since her mission began in November.
“It’s been just amazing,” Cristoforetti said after snaring the Dragon over the Pacific. “Lots of science and even coffee’s in there, so that’s pretty exciting.”
This is why we need more Italians in space: the future will be very bland without them.
Like this guy. I mean, you go out for a nice little spacewalk and you stop for a little tiramisu! How civilized!
Admit it: you didn’t know Italy had a space program. More about that here. And its first astronaut went into space, when else: in 1992—five hundred years after another Genoese decided to hightail it to the great beyond.