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An out-of-this-world espresso!

Published 04/05/2015 | 16:16

An Italian astronaut has sampled the first espresso to be made on the International Space Station
An Italian astronaut has sampled the first espresso to be made on the International Space Station

The International Space Station is finally serving up fresh Italian espresso.

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Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, fired up the world's first espresso machine in space.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her Star Trek uniform top. She could not resist tweeting the phrase "to boldly brew".

Ms Cristoforetti, who returns to Earth next week, almost did not get any espresso.

The experimental espresso maker, straight from Italy, was supposed to arrive in January but did not get to orbit until April because of a shipment backlog.

There is no word yet on how Ms Cristoforetti liked the space brew. But it had to beat Nasa's instant coffee, drunk by straw from a pouch.

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