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ISS Astronauts Grow First Beef Steak in Space

That's one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind in cultivating meat


By Stephanie Mlot,



Aleph Farms, in collaboration with the International Space Station, has successfully produced meat 248 miles away from natural resources.


The Israeli food company, which last year developed the world’s first lab-grown steaks, has taken one giant leap toward its goal of providing sustainable food security on Earth—and beyond.


Co-founded with food-tech incubator The Kitchen and Shulamit Levenberg of the Israel Institute of Technology, Aleph Farm’s method relies on mimicking a natural process inside the cow’s body. But under controlled conditions.


They tested that procedure in September on the Russian segment of the ISS, where scientists simulated the muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside a cow’s body.


Outer space isn’t exactly teeming with water—more than 2,400 gallons of which is needed to produce 1 pound of meat. So it’s pretty amazing what researchers have achieved with a 3D bioprinter in microgravity conditions.


“This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources,” Aleph Farms CEO Didier Toubia said in a statement.


“This keystone of human achievement in space follows Yuri Gagarin’s success of becoming the first man to journey into outer space,” he continued. “And Neil Armstrong’s 50th anniversary this year, celebrating the moment when the first man walked on [the Moon].”


Aleph Farms in December announced that it developed cell-grown minute steak, a new product generated from cultivating different types of natural beef cells, extracting them painlessly from cows, and nourishing the cells into a full 3D structure that replicates regular meat.


Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have made headlines recently for their plant-based alternative to animal flesh. But Aleph’s lab-grown steak—its appearance, shape, and texture similar to conventional cuts—doesn’t claim to be vegetarian.


It does, however, insist its cell-cultured meal is slaughter- and antibiotic-free, and does not need the land, water, feed, or other factors required to raise cattle for meat...


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Israeli Biotech 3D Prints the First Beef Steak in Space


Jonathan Smith,



Hungry astronauts rejoice! Aleph Farms, a company that grows beef steak from animal cells, has grown the first steaks aboard the International Space Station.


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.”


Aleph Farms is one of several biotechs aiming to change the way we produce meat. The company is developing a method to grow cow muscle cells into full steaks, requiring a fraction of the water, nutrients, and animal suffering that rearing cattle normally requires.


In addition to providing food in space, the technology could help to cut food waste back on Earth. Right now, food needs to be delivered to consumers using complicated transport networks, and much of the food perishes in the process.


“We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition,” Toubia said. “We can potentially provide a powerful solution to produce the food closer to the population needing it, at the exact time it is needed.”


Aleph Farms is developing this technology with an €11M Series A round raised earlier this year. The company offered a select audience a taste of lab-grown steaks last year, and aims to release the product to a limited range of customers in up to four years.


While other biotechs such as Mosa Meat or Meatable are also working to produce lab-grown meat, Aleph Farms is the only one developing full steaks, rather than ground beef.


“The process of making a patty or a sausage from cells cultured outside of the animal’s body is challenging enough. Imagine how challenging it is to produce a whole-muscle steak,” Toubia told me.


Before it can become mainstream, lab-grown meat needs to overcome major challenges. For example, the cost...


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