Beverages

TECHNOLOGY FOR MARS PUTS BUBBLES INTO BEER

At the end of a long day of work, many people like to grab a cold pint of beer. Few of them think about the bubbles in the glass and how much brewers have to pay to put them there. But Robert Zubrin — president of the Mars Society and founder of multiple aerospace technology […]

BETTER ROVERS YIELD BETTER COFFEE

Technology often develops through circuitous paths, but the one linking NASA’s cutting-edge autonomous robotic vehicles with gourmet coffee might be one of the more surprising. In 2006, Matt Walliser, now chief engineer at San Francisco-based Blossom Coffee, took on an internship at the Carnegie Mellon Innovations Laboratory at NASA Research Park, part of Ames Research […]

NATIONAL COFFEE DAY: JAVA IN ZERO-G

Coffee has been a staple in an astronaut’s diet since the very beginning. They often start their morning by sipping rehydrated instant coffee crystals from drink pouches. It’s a little tricky to play barista in microgravity, so the pouches come pre-mixed with different combinations of cream and sugar depending on each astronaut’s preference. Ongoing research […]

SPACE COFFEE

Astronauts on the International Space Station give up many pleasures to take those giant leaps in the name of science. They leave behind fresh vegetables, relaxing hot showers, warm sunshine, gently misting rain, and much more. One of the things astronauts say they miss most is a good cup of coffee. How would YOU like […]

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