Coffee in space – a study in fluid dynamics
Space: the final frontier — for coffee. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, dressed in a ‘Star Trek’ captain’s uniform, became the first person in space to sip from a freshly-brewed cup of coffee, using the ISS’s new espresso machine.
I smiled to see that it was an Italian astronaut to drink coffee from their new machine. The ISS is becoming a real home away from home.
What I love is that there is a valid scientific interest to this – they can learn about fluid dynamics by understanding how to make a good cup of coffee.
Getting the water in the cup, and cleaning everything afterwards, takes some heavy engineering.
And it looks like they succeeded.