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Astronauts can now enjoy 'out-of-this-world' espresso

Astronauts on the International Space Station can now enjoy fresh Italian espresso, thanks to an experimental coffee machine.

Over the weekend, Italian spacefarer Samantha Cristoforetti, fired up the contraption and had the first interstellar shot of Java.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her Star Trek uniform top. She could not resist tweeting the phrase "to boldly brew".

The fresh brew will be seen as a welcome treat on board the space station, as its inhabitants usually have to suffer pouches of Nasa's instant coffee - drunk through a straw - for their regular caffeine fix.

Out of control cargo ship unable to dock with ISS

An unmanned cargo ship will not dock with the International Space Station because of problems after it launched, the head of the Russian space agency said.

The Progress space freighter blasts off, pictured in 2011. Credit: Reuters

Igor Komarov, head of Roscosmos, listed a series of problems that had made the Progress freighter tumble out of control since early yesterday and added: "Because of this, the craft's continued flight and its docking with the ISS is not possible."

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Nasa: Ammonia leak on ISS possible but not certain

A Nasa statement has said that the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) is safe and that an ammonia leak is possible but not certain.

The official said the crew had evacuated to one section of the ISS after they observed an increase in water loop pressure and then cabin pressure.

This could indicate an ammonia leak, but this is a "worst case scenario", hence the precautionary evacuation.

The statement said that the alert could also have been caused by a "faulty sensor or by a problem in a computer relay box".

Crew 'evacuated from part of International Space Station'

Astronauts have been evacuated from the US section of the International Space Station due to an ammonia leak, it has been reported.

The evacuation was reportedly ordered due to a leak of "harmful substances" from the cooling system.

All six members of crew, which includes three Russian astronauts, two American and one Italian, are now holed up in the Russian section of the station.

Russian news agencies report the situation is now under control.

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