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Death Wish Coffee returning to International Space Station as part of school science experiment

CASTAIC, Calif. – Death Wish Coffee Co. is returning its product to the International Space Station, this time as part of a science experiment conducted by iLead Learners in California.  A team of students from SCVi, iLEAD’s founding school, will send a science experiment aboard the SpaceX-18 Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled to launch in July.

Listen to our podcast episode about our return to space with DreamUp and iLead

Learn all about iLEAD schools, DreamUp, and the student based science experiment heading to the International Space Station. 

Death Wish Coffee is proud to help fuel the next generation of science and space exploration, and to partner with incredible organizations like iLead schools and DreamUp.

50 years after the moon landing, Death Wish Coffee returns to space

Things have definitely changed in half a century since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. On July 16, 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins were launched into space and just a mere four days later, a milestone was made. In this episode of Fueled by Death Cast, The Incredible Jeff takes viewers far above the world on their journey into a deep dive regarding the astronauts of Apollo 11.

"Most of NASA runs on coffee." How coffee has played a role at NASA for 50 years

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 furthering space exploration each and every day. No matter if you're an engineer or an astronaut on the International Space Station, coffee is a must. Here are our favorite photos and moments in history that show that NASA truly does run on coffee.

Listen to our podcast episode with former NASA chief scientist Al Bowers

Al Bowers is recently retired from being NASA's chief scientist at the Armstrong Research Facility, but he hasn't lost his passion or drive. Al joins the podcast to talk about his career at NASA and his legacy with the Prandtl Wing, which is this future of flight both here on Earth and other planets. Al also talks about his love of space exploration and inspiring young minds, both students and interns, to pursue a career in science. 

Death Wish Coffee is heading to the International Space Station

Ignition sequence start. 3...2...1... liftoff! It's official: Death Wish Coffee will be heading into space to fuel the astronauts on the International Space Station. On June 29th, our coffee will be packed in the Dragon capsule along with other supplies and science experiments headed to the ISS on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on June 28 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The World's Strongest Coffee will now be the strongest in the galaxy. 

Death Wish Coffee officially arrives at the International Space Station

Our coffee launched on Friday, June 29 at 5:42 a.m. aboard the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with the Dragon Capsule containing science experiments, care packages, and supplies. It took 10 minutes to reach orbit, but arrived at the Space Station on July 2, 2018.

How do astronauts drink coffee on the International Space Station?

When astronauts head to the International Space Station — anywhere between 205 and 270 miles above us — they leave behind a lot of privileges, including fresh air, long showers, and fresh, steaming pots of coffee. Imagine doing your job without coffee. Nothing would get done, and you'd be an angry, irritable mess. Well, astronauts are no different. Astronauts are making leaps in the name of science — if anyone deserves a strong cup of coffee, it's them. 

Listen to our podcast with retired NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott

Nicole Stott was the first person to paint in space and has had an incredible career as an astronaut with NASA. She joined us on our show to talk about living in space at the International Space Station and about what coffee astronauts drink in space. On Fueled by Death Cast, Nicole mentioned how tired she felt after spacewalks and how she craved good coffee. The answer? Death Wish served in space.

Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee, talks about sending coffee to space

This story is so much more than just Death Wish Coffee hitching a ride on a SpaceX rocket to the ISS. This is about the idea Mike Brown had back in 2012, to create a strong coffee that tasted great and people loved and to build the best coffee company in the world. He started that dream in the bowels of his coffee shop, and now it is rocketing to the stars — from the basement to the cosmos.

Here's how we made a blend of freeze-dried instant coffee for space

We created an instant blend of freeze-dried coffee, packaged by NASA in astronaut drink pouches. It’s designed to caffeinate the crew aboard the International Space Station, without sacrificing the coffee’s texture, flavor, and potency. But the process wasn't easy. To create this blend, we worked with the NASA Food Labs to brew coarse coffee with hot steam and then heat it down to a thick concentrate. 

Astronaut Don Pettit talks about inventing the Zero-G coffee cup

Don Pettit is an active NASA astronaut and is a veteran of two long-duration stays on the International Space Station — and he happens to be the inventor of the Zero-G coffee cup. Why? Because he didn't want to drink his morning cup of joe out of a straw and a bag.

How the Zero-G coffee cup changed the way astronauts drink coffee

The Zero-G coffee cup allows astronauts to drink liquids the same way as they do on Earth, and it's the first-ever patent for an invention in space. Don Pettit initially created the coffee cup from materials he found on the International Space Station and it has since taken on new and more dynamic forms.

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