Space station grocery run includes Italian espresso maker

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mornings are about to improve for the Italian astronaut who’s been suffering through instant coffee at the International Space Station since fall. An espresso machine is on the supply capsule scheduled for launch Monday.

SpaceX has a single second — at precisely 4:33 p.m. — to launch its unmanned cargo ship for NASA from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 60 percent.

Minutes after liftoff, SpaceX will try again to land its leftover booster on an ocean barge.

The specially designed, Italian-made espresso maker is intended for Samantha Cristoforetti, who arrived last November. It was supposed to fly in January, but ended up on backlog following another company’s launch explosion last year.

Altogether, the capsule holds more than 4,000 pounds of supplies.

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