The International Space Station will be getting its own Italian espresso machine, The Guardian reported last week. Though the crew has had access to instant coffee, there have been complaints of a lack of quality brew as of late—especially from the Italian astronauts. The new machine, dubbed ISSpresso, is set to launch sometime early next year with 20 coffee packets—more will follow if the trial run goes well.
NASA gives OK for space-safe espresso machine
Baby stegosaurus tracks reconstructed in Colorado
Researcher Matthew Mossbrucker, director of Colorado’s Morrison Natural History Museum, discovered the first sets of baby stegosaurus tracks ever found in Morrison in 2006 and 2007. Now, LiveScience reports that a 3D modeling technique called photogrammetry has let researchers reconstruct the baby dinosaurs’ tracks as they might have looked millions of years ago. The scientists hope that the markings will teach them how the dinos’ older counterparts moved.
NASA: Flying saucer flight success
NASA sent a flying saucer–shaped vehicle into the atmosphere to test new technology for landing future Mars spacecraft, BBC reports. The flight was intended to test a new type of parachute and an inflatable Kevlar ring, both intended to slow an object's descent. Though the parachute did not fully deploy, NASA is treating the flight as a success, intending to use the data to make improvements to the saucer's design. NASA hopes an improved version of the technology will allow them to get heavier objects safely to the martian surface.