Astronomy and Astrophysics New Technologies Physics Science Videos 

How to Drink Coffee in Space


Many of us remember being in a school assembly when an astronaut came to speak. The question on every kid’s mind (and teacher’s mind too, let’s be honest) was, “How do you go to the bathroom in space?” But what about other important things involving liquids in space? As it happens, there is a lot of research surrounding the behavior of fluids in zero gravity, such as how to drink coffee in space. In this video, our friend Dr. Joe Hanson from It’s OK to Be Smart explains why this research is important and how astronauts manage to consume a cup of, well, joe. After all, if you plan to spend time on the International Space Station and you love coffee, then you need to figure out how to drink coffee in space.

I love coffee. Like, a lot. You know who else loves coffee? Astronauts! And also the people who help them do awesome things in space (I think NASA might be powered by coffee). But how do astronauts actually drink coffee in space, aboard the International Space Station, in microgravity? I visited astronaut Don Pettit to learn about his invention for having a cup o’ Joe in orbit. This is some awesome science.

Dr. Joe Hanson

Recommended for You