The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.
Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws in orbit.
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They'll still have to use the pouches but at least the freshly brewed coffee will pack some zero-gravity punch.
Italy's first female astronaut should be aboard the space station when the specially designed espresso machine arrives early next year. She'll be the first out-of-this-world barista.