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The International Space Station Is Getting an Espresso Machine

Jun 15, 2014

The International Space Station is 240 miles above earth, but that doesn't mean astronauts don't have a hard time getting up in the morning — after all, they can make a run to the stars, but not a run to the Starbucks.

But the ISS is about to get a little caffeinated pep in its one-small-step-for-man, in the form of ISSpresso, its very own, customized espresso machine. Italian coffee brand Lavazza teamed up with aerospace engineering company Argotec to design the device, which will be the first machine designed to withstand travel when it arrives at the space station later this year as a part of the Italian Space Agency's Futura Mission.

When it connects, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti won't just become the first Italian woman in space — she'll likely be the first person in space to sip an Italian espresso.

We're getting an espresso machine on the SPACE STATION! And we're calling it ISSpresso http://t.co/jUVmEMXSFj pic.twitter.com/CEQJN1YfZo

— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) June 15, 2014

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