In a major development, astronauts have grown meat in space for the very first time.
The work, done with the help of Israel-based food tech company Aleph Farms, would not only give Earthlings an endless supply of nutritious slaughter-free beef but also ensure unlimited food for long-term deep-space missions.
Now recently, the astronauts aboard International Space Station employed Aleph's tech to cook up a tiny piece of beef in space in controlled microgravity.
They coaxed bovine cells, harvested from Earth and taken to ISS, with a 3D bioprinter developed by Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions, mimicking the process of tissue regeneration inside a cow's body and producing a small muscle tissue.
"We are proving cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition," Aleph CEO Didier Toubia told The Guardian. "We can potentially provide a powerful solution to produce the food closer to the population needing it, at the exact and right time it's needed."