Astronaut makes first fresh coffee in space, gives nod to “Star Trek” captain

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On Sunday, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti became the first person in space to sip a freshly-made cup of coffee. She used the International Space Station’s newly-installed espresso machine. Until Sunday, crew of the ISS only had instant coffee crystals.

The experimental espresso machine arrived aboard the SpaceX supply ship last month. The ISSpresso as it’s called was developed by the Italian coffee company, Lavazza, Italian engineering company, Argotec, and the Italian Space Agency. How the ISSpresso works

Cristoforetti enjoyed her coffee dressed in Star Trek captain’s uniform, a nod to coffee-loving Captain Janeway of the “Star Trek: Voyager” series.