Scientists Have Grown Meat in Space – But Is It Actually Meat?

Space food is not that great, but scientists are always looking for a new way to revolutionize the way astronauts eat. The first astronauts in space ate their meals from tubes that resembled the toothpaste, and nowadays astronauts can also eat ice cream and fresh fruits, and put condiments on their feeds. But there are still some limitations when it comes to the type of food that can support microgravity. There’s pretty much everything that can produce crumbs, and that can be dangerous – food particles can clog the electrical systems or even the air filters of the spacecraft.

The food for astronauts needs to last for an extended period of time, in case the resupply missions are not an option. Tech companies are right now doing experiments with various ways to grow food right on board of the spacecraft.

Aleph Farms, the Israeli food company, tried to grow meat in space for the very first time. And they did it, with the help of a 3D printer. This happened in September. However, this is not something new – Aleph Farms has started growing steaks since December 2018. But this also does not mean that meat can be produced in all kinds of environments.

In order to make the lab-grown meat, the food company started with the extraction of cells from a cow. They did it with a small biopsy. Then, the cells were placed in some kind of “soup” of nutrients, which simulated the environment inside the body of the cow. From there, they simply grow into a thin piece of steak.

Those people who have actually tasted the product said that it was definitely something, but that it was meant to mimic the texture and the flavor of the traditional beef.

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