The first astronaut to drink an espresso brewed in space

TEDxESA speaker Samantha Cristoforetti drinks an espresso on the International Space Station. (Photo: Samantha Cristoforetti)

TEDxESA speaker Samantha Cristoforetti drinks an espresso on the International Space Station. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Cristoforetti/TEDxESA)

This past November, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti was newly back on Earth, getting used to life on our planet after 199 days and 16 hours in space — a trip that marked the longest single spaceflight by a woman and the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at TEDxESA (Photo: ESA/Sarah Jane Muirhead)

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at TEDxESA (Photo: ESA/Sarah Jane Muirhead)

That month Cristoforetti spoke at TEDxESA, sharing what that record-setting trip was like, from her work researching how organisms are affected by life in space, to what it’s like to be an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS).

Cristoforetti running the Skin-B experiment on the ISS (Photo: ESA/NASA)

Cristoforetti running the Skin-B experiment on the ISS (Photo: ESA/NASA)

Cristoforetti uses one of ESA’s space freezers on the ISS that keep samples fresh (Photo: ESA/NASA)

Cristoforetti uses one of ESA’s space freezers on the ISS that keep samples fresh (Photo: ESA/NASA)

Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, worked on many ISS experiments while in space, from TripeLux, a study monitoring the effect of space on rat, mussel and bacteria cells, to Skin-B, looking at functioning of human skin in microgravity, to T-Cell Activation in Aging, an investigation into immune function in space flight and on the ground. She helped retrieve supplies from SpaceX’s Dragon and even was the first astronaut to drink espresso brewed in space, from the newly-designed ISSpresso machine.

A close-up look at the ISSpresso machine by Argotec, Lavazza and the Italian Space Agency (Photo: Argotec)

A close-up look at the ISSpresso machine by Argotec, Lavazza and the Italian Space Agency (Photo: Argotec)

A look at the ISSpresso cups, designed by engineers at Portland State University

A look at the ISSpresso cups, designed by engineers at Portland State University (Photo: ISS Research/NASA)

“Towards the end [of the mission], from Italy we got an espresso machine,” Cristoforetti says. “Our crew had the privilege of being the first ones to brew a real espresso in space and they even sent us real zero-gravity coffee cups, so I could enjoy my cup in style.”

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti waits for her espresso to brew. (Photo: NASA)

Cristoforetti waits for her espresso to brew. (Photo: NASA)

Samantha Cristoforetti drinks the first ISSpresso. (Photo: Argotec)

Samantha Cristoforetti drinks the first ISSpresso. (Photo: Argotec)

To learn more about Cristoforetti’s time in space, watch her whole talk below:

1 Comment

  1. Jennifer Thomas

    Wow! Amazing talk. Thank you for your courage and dedication to the advancement of the human race. Oh how I only wish I could live to see the day when regular people like me could one day visit space! I am content to know that one day, because of people like you, it will happen.

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