NASA has run on coffee for over 50 years
If anyone knows the importance of a fresh cup of joe to kickstart your morning, it's the hardworking team at NASA. No matter if you're an engineer or an astronaut on the International Space Station, coffee is a must.
On this week's Fueled by Death Cast interview, former NASA Chief Scientist Al Bowers said that "most of NASA runs on coffee," and we can see why. (See the clip from his interview at the end of this blog, and tune into the full interview here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
iPhoto: Michael Collins, an astronaut from Apollo 11, walking into NASA a week before the launch. Photo courtesy of his Twitter.
The strides made in space exploration have been (pun intended) astronomical — and coffee has definitely fueled NASA employees through sleepless nights, all in the name of furthering what we know about our universe.
Even on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, there's a news story floating around (again, pun intended) about astronaut Michael Collins, who literally drank coffee during the moon landing while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon.
“I had this beautiful little domain. It was all mine. I was the emperor, the captain of it, and it was quite commodious. I had warm coffee, even,” Collins said in an interview with the New York Times.
We've even seen astronaut Don Pettit CREATE a specific coffee mug designed for space, and we even had the opportunity to fuel the astronauts on the International Space Station with our coffee after retired astronaut and artist Nicole Stott said all she craved after a spacewalk was a strong cup of coffee. (And, in case you missed it, we're going back as part of a school experiment.)
Below, we've compiled some of the coolest things we found about coffee and space to celebrate the Apollo 11 50th anniversary.
Just add water and you've got an out of this world cup of joe! #OTD the Apollo 11 astronauts drank their morning coffee en route to the Moon. 📷: @airandspace— NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) July 17, 2019
How'd they take it? Neil drank his black, Mike with sugar, and Buzz with cream and sugar.#Apollo50th pic.twitter.com/eLKZ0NjXcL
L-6 (2 of 2): Happiness is counting your remaining coffees and discovering you have 6 for each remaining day. This may be my most productive week in space....— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) June 18, 2019
WATCH THE VIDEO FROM OUR INTERVIEW WITH AL BOWERS: