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Meat in Space?

It's no secret that the space race is in full flight!

With billionaires leading the way from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, who both want to colonise space.

Nasa is also trying to put people on to the dusty surface of Mars.

But if humans are to colonise outter space what will they eat?

And as of last week, a new test has begun to see if meat cells can grow in space.

In 2020 Lab-grown meat has been successfully cultured in space for the first time. The Israeli food technology startup Aleph Farms grew the meat on the International Space Station, 339km away from any natural resources.

In September 2019, Aleph Farms made history together with our partners, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, when we produced the first cultivated meat in space

In 2019, the firm produced the world's first 3D-bioprinted ribeye steak, and in September of that year was also involved in successfully growing artificial meat in space for the first time.

The possibility is currently being explore by the European Space Agency (ESA) and could be a game-changer for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond!

Zvika Tamari, who heads Aleph Farms' space programme, says scientists don't know whether this can be replicated in zero gravity.

"We know from many previous scientific studies that physiology and biology behave very differently in a microgravity environment… So, we actually don't know, nobody knows, if these processes of cultivation of meat proliferation can actually occur in space."

Aleph Farms is also still waiting for regulatory approval in Israel before it can serve it up at restaurants. This is food that hasn't yet established itself on Earth, let alone space.

Aleph Farms also argues that transporting food into space is extremely costly. Figures vary widely, however a Nasa estimate from 2008 puts the cost at $10,000 (£7,800) just to get a pound of payload into Earth's orbit.

'And we have aggressive plans to reduce the cost of our product over the next five years.'

Speaking in an interview with MailOnline, Dr Zvika Tamari, head of space research at Aleph Farms, said the company's aim was two-fold: to provide steaks to space travellers on the moon or Mars, and to develop a market for low-cost beef here on Earth.


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