Why SpaceX is shooting an espresso machine into space


The scientists aboard the International Space Station are about to get a serious jolt of caffeine, courtesy of Elon Musk.

SpaceX, the aerospace company Musk runs alongside electric car company Tesla, is set to launch a resupply mission to the ISS on Monday afternoon that will include espresso machines, The Oregonian reports. The espresso maker is meant specifically for an Italian astronaut on board, and it is designed to operate safely in zero-gravity.

The SpaceX launch can be watched on NASA TV starting at 3:30 EST on Monday. After liftoff, SpaceX will try to vertically land its rocket’s first stage on a floating barge waiting for it about 200 miles off the Florida coast, its latest attempt to make it easier and cheaper to reuse space rockets.

Unlike Tesla, SpaceX is a private company, though IPO rumors have swirled in the past.

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