Saturday, June 6, 2009

Astronaut invents coffee cup for a weightless cup o' joe

spacecoffee.png Astronaut Donald Pettit loves his morning coffee, but it just wasn't the same drinking it out of an aluminum bag as he soared above the earth on Space Shuttle mission STS-126. That's when he invented the On-Orbit Coffee Cup, rendered here by designer Travis Baldwin.

Take a look at the gallery below to see how the cup works using surface tension, that same attractive property that allows soap to lift grease and dirt from your body, and lets you fill a glass of water fuller than its top. Drinking coffee in orbit will never be the same, just in time for that Fishbowl Spaceship tour we're planning.

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