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International Space Station to receive first coffee machine

International Space Station To Receive First Coffee Machine
The International Space Station is getting a brand new perk. Literally.

Fox News reports, "Guess what it's going to get? Its first coffee machine! How the heck did they go this long without that morning java?"

NBC reports, "The capsule-based espresso machine, creatively dubbed the ISSpresso, will finally give astronauts a better alternative to the instant coffee they've been drinking on board the space station for the past 13 years."

The vice president of Lavazza, the coffee retailer that helped create the ISSpresso, said in a statement, "We have been thinking about taking espresso into space for some time. Today we are in a position to overcome the limits of weightlessness and enjoy a good espresso ... on board the International Space Station."

The first prototype of the ISSpresso was actually built last year, and the current model is reportedly undergoing some rigorous testing to make sure it's ready for space travel. The cosmic coffee machine apparently contains so many backup and safety systems, it actually weighs around 44 pounds! Talk about a heavy brew.

The ISSpresso should be ready to go just in time for the November launch of European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. She'll be the first Italian woman to go to space.

She seems pretty pumped to enjoy a real Italian espresso while in orbit. Cristoforetti said on Twitter, "How cool is that? I'll get to operate the first space espresso machine!"

According to Digital Trends, the machine will be placed in a new "corner cafe" on the ISS, which is apparently a designated place for socializing while on board.

Perhaps Starbucks will be opening a branch in space sometime soon?

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tmlbtb June 17 2014 at 12:39 PM

Just as long as Howard Wolowitz didn't build it.

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bckari tmlbtb June 17 2014 at 1:42 PM

You beat me to it.....I thought it was Sheldon. But then again, Howard messed up the toilet. I somehow think Penny talked somebody into it........:-)

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Mike June 17 2014 at 12:37 PM

Are they still conducting secret gay sex experiments aboard the Space Station?

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dickn2000b Mike June 17 2014 at 12:45 PM

Why Mike...I'll bet you'd love to volunteer for those experiments...wouldn't you, you gay dog you.

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FRED Mike June 17 2014 at 4:23 PM

Better than wasting all that money discovering what great people 'slum are.

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cact25 June 17 2014 at 9:46 PM

What a waste of money.

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fernerobin June 17 2014 at 7:06 PM

A Chinaman will be on mars within 10 years...! Count on it....and they will then tool up to mine the asteroid belt beyond. We could've done it, but hey....where's the huge profit THIS quarter....! Government can't because of the cost of the endless stupid made up wars....and private business only thinks of the next quick kill windfall profit NOW! The Chinese will do it...!

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bigred8690 fernerobin June 17 2014 at 7:10 PM

Let them do it. It'll bankrupt them.

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dwtomczyk June 17 2014 at 4:41 PM

with all the money an space station costs you would think they would have an coffee maker as standard equiptment

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Ken June 17 2014 at 1:48 PM

All they need now is some hipster to hang out and take advantage of the free wi-fi...

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josedpaz June 18 2014 at 2:01 AM

Whaaaat??? they didnt have a coffee machine before??????

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johnny18350 June 18 2014 at 1:03 AM

Why complane about money being spent in space? If they quit spending it there the democrats will just spend it on their bs programs and line their pockets with the rest. At least the space program might do some good.

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Hi Nancy June 18 2014 at 12:59 AM

Everyone needs a cup of expresso.

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johnny18350 June 18 2014 at 12:56 AM

Lol isn't it funny that they are sending a woman up with the coffee machine.

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