In the film The Martian, Matt Damon grew potatoes on the surface of Mars and we’re taking that as proof that the film/book doesn’t take place in our timeline.

We say this because Israeli food company Aleph Farms has successfully 3D printed a steak using a 3D bioprinter aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The experiment was conducted on 26th September on the Russian side of the ISS using a printer from 3D Bioprinting Solutions from Russia. US firms Meal Source Technologies and Finless Foods also collaborated on the experiement.

While Aleph Farms doesn’t go into too much detail about its tech, it does tell us that it cultivates beef steaks by mimicking the muscle tissue regeneration that takes place in a cow’s body.

“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. This keystone of human achievement in space follows Yuri Gagarin’s success of becoming the first man to journey into outer space, and Neil Armstrong’s 50th anniversary this year, celebrating the moment when the first man walked on space,” co-founder and chief executive officer at Aleph Farms, Didier Toubia said in a statement.

While Aleph Farms’ main goal is to address the man-made climate change, this solution could give astronauts headed to Mars a source of fresh protein and other foods.

We like to think that if Matt Damon lived in our timeline in The Martian he would’ve been eating steak more regularly and relying less on bowel movements to grow potatoes.

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