Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat start-up based in Israel, shared that it will be sending cultivated meat cells into space tomorrow with the SpaceX crew. The Axiom-1 mission is a private spaceflight to the International Space Station, and the crew will be conducting several experiments onboard. One of these experiments is testing the effects of microgravity on the formation of cell-based muscle tissue that has been cultivated by Aleph Farms.
If you’re wondering, “What the heck is cell-based meat?”, here is some more background from The Good Food Institute:
“Cultivated meat, also known as cultured meat, is genuine animal meat (including seafood and organ meats) that is produced by cultivating animal cells directly. This production method eliminates the need to raise and farm animals for food. Cultivated meat is made of the same cell types arranged in the same or similar structure as animal tissues, thus replicating the sensory and nutritional profiles of conventional meat.”