Nasa astronauts are CULTIVATING ‘space beef’ steaks on the ISS – and you can eat it on Earth next year
ASTRONAUTS plan to grow artificial steaks in space as part of experiments to one day feed people on the Moon and Mars.
Canadian investor Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur Larry Connor and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe recently visited the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the first sightseeing mission space in the world.
While aboard the ISS, the three amateur astronauts will take part in a series of experiments, including culturing steak from bovine beef cells.
Using bioreactors, the trio hope to grow the stem cells in microgravity and turn them into the muscle tissue found in steaks.
This natural process works by multiplying and differentiating bovine cells until they create a cellular mass of muscle, fat and collagen.
The cells are then transformed into tissue that looks like the steaks people eat here on Earth.
If the process is successful in space, it could allow astronauts to create their own nutritious food for long-duration missions.
The technology for this experiment was developed by Israeli food technology company Aleph Farms, known for cultivating lab-grown beef steaks.
In 2019, the company created the world’s first 3D bio-printed ribeye steak and also successfully cultured artificial meat in space for the first time.
Dr Zvika Tamari, head of space research at Aleph Farms, told DailyMail the company’s goals were to provide steaks to space travelers on the Moon or Mars and to grow beef at low cost for Earth. .
“Produce [natural] steak, you have to raise cows for 2-3 years, feed them a lot, you need a lot of land, a lot of fresh water and natural resources,” he said.
“But we can produce a good, nutritious and tasty steak anywhere, even in the most remote places, in about three weeks. And where is farther than space? A harsh environment with no natural resources.”
Dr. Tamari added that it will be interesting to see how Aleph Farms’ cell growth process unfolds in space.
“Various reactions at the cellular level have been observed in many different studies, some multiplying more, some less, and some differentiating more, some less. So it will be very interesting to see what happens,” said he declared.
Once perfected, however, the cultivation process will be a cost-effective alternative to transporting fresh food to space from Earth.
However, Aleph Farms also hopes to launch its “thin cut” steak product in Singapore by the end of 2022.
It’s unclear how much the steak would cost, but it was once estimated that a slice of meat would cost around $50, according to DailyMail.
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