Now THIS is real, important science…

Kudos to them for figuring out how to brew and drink coffee normally (more or less)!

Before, they had to suck it out of a straw, and if they wanted anything added, it had to be done by NASA prior to ‘packaging’ before it came up to space.


ROTF… — 16 Comments

  1. Huh. There are so many things about gravity that we take for granted.

  2. In 1962, John Glenn took Tang into orbit with him, and for THIS excited 8 year-old, that became forever THE space drink I wanted for breakfast. I think I even got a jar of it for my 9th birthday.

    Confession: during my late teens, as I was learning how to consume alcohol with my fellows, we’d mix Tang and vodka, in the belief we were making some sophisticated adult cocktail. Not really a success, to be honest.

    So, if they get the secondary breakfast drink pretty much squared away by 1962, how come they don’t have coffee PERFECTED before now? Sigh. I wouldn’t have thought that of them; isn’t COFFEE really the fuel that the space missions run on?

  3. Finally something that 2020 was supposed to do right, space food and drink!

    Now they need to work on carbonated drinks before space tourism takes over.

    Wonder how they’ll make it so you can add peanuts to Coke? Not that I have ever done that, but apparently it is a ‘thing.’ Then again, people eat Kale and eggplant…

    And it will be really interesting to see how the space geeks handle low gravity and spin gravity food prep.

    • And?

      I’ve seen the meme about how NASA spent lots of money on a zero-g pen while the Russians used a pencil. Left out of that ‘shaggy dog’ tale is how graphite fragments can be a fire hazard in pure O2 environments.

      • Wow, I didn’t know that about the graphite.

        I bought one of those pens for my dad at the Smithsonian one year. Pretty cool, but hard to find refills for the ink (at the time).

        • Graphite leads are highly conductive, and very small. Imagine one getting into the electronics of an orbital module. And then you’re in a pure-oxy environment, which is how the Apollo 1 crew bought it — fire is VERY bad in that situation.

          Paul Fisher developed a pressurized ball-point pen for zero-g use, out of his own pocket (to the tune of a million dollars). When his prototypes were complete and passed NASA’s specs, he sold them 400 pens, at a cost of $2.95 a pen.

  4. All- Thanks for the comments, and I’m betting this was some ‘side research’… for years…

    Posted from my iPhone.

  5. Every time I see a video like this, I am reminded of how much the interior of the ISS looks a lot like the interior of a few of the submarines I was stationed on. Of course, we didn’t have to put up with zero-g, but then, that would have just added to my sea-sickness problem.

    • I’ve often wondered if NASA has tried to recruit from submariners as opposed to aviators/pilots.

  6. Space has been conquered! Now Elon Musk’s folks going to Mars can have fresh brewed coffee en route.

  7. Roy- Yep, NOT built for comfort!

    Toast- They started with Aviators due to the need to ‘fly’ the capsule if necessary.

    Bill- LOL