Meat Grown in Space

While the achievement is impressive, astronauts admit the taste needs to be improved.

Space Plate

Israeli food startup Aleph Farms recently announced that astronauts on board the International Space Station had successfully produced cultivated meat using their processes, which combines cell harvesting and 3D printing.

The company says their approach aims at replicating the process a cow's body uses during muscle-tissue regeneration. For the meat grown on the space station, bovine cells were harvested on Earth, grown in space and assembled into small-scale muscle tissue under micro-gravity conditions by a 3D printer.

The work in space follows the company's production of a strip steak last December, which took two weeks to grow from cells. Next steps for the company will involve improving the overall taste and texture of their "cultivated" steaks.