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Astro-barista: Italian space explorer brews Zero-G espresso

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brewed her first Zero-G cup aboard the ISS. (Source: Samantha Cristoforetti / ESA / Twitter) Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brewed her first Zero-G cup aboard the ISS. (Source: Samantha Cristoforetti / ESA / Twitter)
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How fitting: The first Italian woman in space is the first to whip up a cup of espresso flying 200+ miles above the earth.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brewed her first Zero-G cup over the weekend aboard the International Space Station on the new espresso machine which was delivered by SpaceX in April.

The specially-made Italian espresso maker was supposed to arrive in January, but didn't get to orbit until recently. 

It did make it just in time for @AstroSamantha to enjoy a cup of her country's traditional brew just before she leaves the Station. 

Cristoforetti is scheduled to return to Earth next week following a 6-month mission. 

Espresso literally means "fast" in Italian. While coffee has been popular for centuries in Italy, espresso first appeared via merchants in Venice in the 1900s.

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