Space—it's the final frontier, home to many-a-weird thing, and former stomping ground of my close, personal friend astronaut Mark Kelly. But the one thing missing from the vast emptiness of the great beyond was a decent cup of joe. I mean, why is it so hard to find quality espresso anywhere outside of planet Earth?
Caffeine addicts looking to escape the atmosphere, rejoice: Lavazza has sent a specifically-designed espresso machine, nicknamed the ISSpresso. And it will be on its way to the International Space Station this afternoon aboard the newest SpaceX capsule, if all goes according to plan.
Elon Musk's SpaceX cargo ship (which is carrying the espresso maker, among other things) was originally set to launch yesterday, but was delayed because the moon was in the way of the Earth-Sun gravitational pull.
One assuredly disappointed team member on the ISS was Italian astronaut Sam Cristoferetti, who clearly loves her some espresso, and is the person Lavazza made the modified machine for.
We'll be watching this afternoon to see if Sam gets her fix. Meanwhile, I'll be enjoying my Americano, with gravity—thank you very much.