Space station grocery run includes espresso maker

2015-04-13 21:07
(John Raoux, AP)

(John Raoux, AP)

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Cape Canaveral - Mornings are about to improve for the Italian astronaut who's been suffering through instant coffee at the International Space Station since fall. An espresso machine is on the supply capsule scheduled for launch on Monday.

SpaceX has a single second - at precisely 16:33 - to launch its unmanned cargo ship for Nasa from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 60%.

Minutes after liftoff, SpaceX will try again to land its leftover booster on an ocean barge.

The specially designed, Italian-made espresso maker is intended for Samantha Cristoforetti, who arrived last November. It was supposed to fly in January, but ended up on backlog following another company's launch explosion last year.

A prototype of Lavazza and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine. The final version will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station. (Lavazza, AP)

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