Earlier this month, it was revealed that Russian scientists on the International Space Station (ISS) had successfully cultured beef cells in laboratory conditions while orbiting the Earth. This experiment should help pave the way for humans to travel to Mars and beyond, allowing them to grow their own food on the way.
The Israeli biotech’s experiment is the first proof that meat can be grown in outer space. Aleph Farms created the meat using a 3D bioprinter developed by the Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions. The experiment has now opened the door to a future where astronauts can grow their own meat on space exploration missions.“Space is one of the most hostile and remote environments possible without resources available,” Didier Toubia, the CEO of Aleph Farms, told me. “We are showing that we can produce food without the reliance on local land and water resources.”