What do NFL cheerleaders, Tesla founder Elon Musk, toilet bacteria, and the International Space Station have in common?
They’re all linked to the Space-X supply rocket scheduled for launch Friday, April 18th carrying NASA equipment into space, but also hauling some very unusual experiments, including one promoted by NFL and NBA cheerleaders to gather bacteria from historic or odd places, including Candlestick Park, the Giants’ AT&T Park, the Raiders’ practice field, and a sweat mop used by the Sacramento Kings.
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The tiny payload for Project MERCCURI (for Microbial Ecology Research Combining Citizen and University Researchers) is launching on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International space Station.
The idea is the spawn of “Science Cheerleader” is a group of current and former NBA and NFL cheerleaders studying for careers in science and technology.
They encourage “citizen science” staging events to promote awareness of science, and in this case, to gather samples to send to space.
The thought is, if you’re sending bacteria into orbit for an experiment, they might as well be gathered from interesting places.