Saturday 18 November 2017

Space coffee run put on back burner

A prototype of Lavazza and Argotec's ISSpresso machine (AP/Lavazza)
A prototype of Lavazza and Argotec's ISSpresso machine (AP/Lavazza)
Lavazza and Argotec's ISSpresso will be the first real Italian espresso machine on the International Space Station (Lavazza/AP)

SpaceX will have to wait another day to deliver groceries to the International Space Station.

Fast-approaching storm clouds prevented the unmanned rocket from blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The company will try again tomorrow. But more bad weather is forecast.

The countdown was halted at the two and a half minute mark.

The SpaceX supply ship holds more than 4,000lbs of food, experiments and equipment, including an espresso maker. Italy provided the specially designed espresso machine for Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Once the cargo ship flies, SpaceX will try to land the leftover booster on an ocean barge.

It will be the third such landing attempt for the California company led by billionaire Elon Musk.

SpaceX aims to reuse the first-stage boosters that are normally thrown away, to make spaceflight more affordable.

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