The International Space Station now features a high-tech espresso machine.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti celebrated the arrival of the “Dragon” spacecraft last Friday by wearing a Star Trek: Voyager uniform and updating her Twitter account.
“There’s coffee in that nebula… ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon,” wrote Cristoforetti, who has reportedly been drinking instant coffee on the space craft since Novemeber.
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 17, 2015
The ISSPresso machine was a collaborative effort between Italian coffee company Lavazza, engineering corp. Argote, and the Italian Space Agency, according to The New York Daily News.
It is also the first coffee machine to use a capsule system to fill plastic pouches with hot beverages, which are designed to withstand low-gravity obstacles on board the space craft.
The “Dragon” contains 4,000 pounds of science research equipment and departed from Cape Canaveral on April 14.
It’s estimated time of arrival back home is some time in May.
“It’s been just amazing,” Cristoforetti said of her time on the “Dragon.” “Lots of science and even coffee’s in there, so that’s pretty exciting.”
Cristoforetti has also been sharing images from her current deployment in outer space:
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 21, 2015
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 18, 2015
Fresh fruit and vegetables from Earth! These carrots were definitely appreciated! pic.twitter.com/ndgCJRITKe
— Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) April 20, 2015
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 20, 2015
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 19, 2015