Until recently astronauts would rely on NASA’s coffee-in-a-pouch for their daily dose of caffeine. But as NPR’s Bill Chappell reported last month, astronauts had reason to cheer when the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule lined up with the International Space Station bringing, among other things, a long-awaited espresso machine called ISSpresso.
We now have confirmation that the ISSpresso is being put to good use.
In case you’re wondering, that cup Italian astronaut Sam Cristoforetti is drinking from is designed for use in zero-gravity (and, yes, she is wearing a Star Trek uniform top to go with her reference to the show). NASA pointed out last week in a blog post that six such cups are aboard the ISS — and their job, as the agency puts it, is “more than [to] lift espresso to astronauts’ lips.”