ISSpresso coffee to launch at space station - update

20 kg machine also prepares other hot beverages in space

(ANSA) - Rome, June 13 - Italian coffee maker Lavazza and aerospace food engineering firm Argotec are launching a coffee-making system dubbed ISSpresso to the International Space Station (ISS) at the end of 2014, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Argotec said Friday.
    The future mission will also feature the first Italian woman to go into space, Samantha Cristoforetti, who could become the first astronaut in history to drink an real expresso coffee in orbit.
    The ISSpresso is the the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the extreme, low gravity conditions of space, where principles regulating fluid dynamics and liquid mixtures are very different than on earth. The 20 kg machine will not not only prepare a regular espresso, but also other hot beverages, such as caffe' lungo, tea, infusions and broth, so that food can also be rehydrated.


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