NASA cup

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DJR
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#1: Post by DJR »

Here's an official NASA espresso cup given to me by a friend of the inventor, Don Pettit. They're designed to retain the liquid by surface tension and can be used in space.

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BaristaBoy E61

#2: Post by BaristaBoy E61 »

Does it come with an 'Instruction Manual'; where does your nose go? :mrgreen:
"You didn't buy an Espresso Machine - You bought a Chemistry Set!"

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DJR (original poster)
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#3: Post by DJR (original poster) »

No manual. Though I bet Nasa has some manual pages. I haven't tried it to be honest. My nose is large enough that I don't know if I can. :x

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#4: Post by rjacan »

Video on Youtube about the cup here, see time 2:40 for the action shots:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr3OPNjsx_M

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#5: Post by jpender »

I was reading and watching videos about this recently. On Earth it seems like a fun thing to have but probably doesn't really work that well since we're not in low gravity. But I've also read that astronauts have been stealing them and taking them home so maybe they work better than I imagine. Or they just want a cool souvenir.

There's also a specially designed espresso machine for the Space Station: The ISSpresso.

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#6: Post by caeffe »

DJR wrote:Here's an official NASA espresso cup given to me by a friend of the inventor, Don Pettit. They're designed to retain the liquid by surface tension and can be used in space.

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Nice!
Did some google searching since I wanted to find out how to get one for me.
https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/s ... _coffeecup
https://www.rit.edu/vignellicenter/prod ... illary-cup - gives a good overview of how it came to be.

I probably would only display it rather than use since they are quite expensive ($499 for the official flight qualified version and $95 for the non-flight use porcelain version)
https://spaceware.co/
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-0 ... eware.html

You seem to have one that was probably made for those who actively participated in the Capillary Experiments. Your friend is a very gracious one indeed.
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#7: Post by MatGreiner »

This is so cool, and I loved the video showing fluids in space!
Does the cup remind anyone else of a neti pot, though?