The London Marathon was held earlier today, and among its runners? Astronaut Tim Peake, orbiting above the Earth on the International Space Station, and he set the world(?) record for running a marathon in space.
Interesting to see what microgravity teaches us about agriculture!
Don’t know why they use the word “microgravity”? If it’s in orbit, the effects of gravity have to be zero by definition… Because there is no such thing as “zero gravity”! There’s gravity from the sun all the way out here, it’s really more like no relative acceleration. As in microgravity, you’re actually in perpetual free fall.
Aboard the ISS, astronauts are sipping their espresso through straws attached to plastic pouches, the vessels developed through a collaboration between an Italian engineering team and the coffee company Lavazza. As any snob worth their weight in beans obviously knows, a plastic pouch and a straw are NOT ideal methods for enjoying espresso. Part of what makes a great (tiny) cup is the crema that forms on the top—caused by the emulsified oils that rise to the top thanks to gravity, creating that silky light brown layer of foamy stuff above the espresso itself.