Coffee in Space: A Bold Cup of Innovation

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Media Outlet: Slate

The collaborative work necessary on the ground to put ISSpresso in orbit is exciting in and of itself—imagine if Starbucks and Boeing had done such a thing in tandem with NASA. Putting espresso in space will add some extra kick to the idea that astronauts boldly go where few (at this point) have gone before. In the meantime, bringing astronauts from different countries to a well-heeled coffee klatch may not have been what Margaret Mead had in mind, but it is indeed a way of bringing the world together, one cup (or more likely, two or three) at a time.  

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Jane Greenway Carr is an opinion editor at CNN.com. She was previously an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow and a Contributing Editor at New America, where she helped to produce The Weekly Wonk.