Examining the diversity of microbes on Earth and on the International Space Station.
Project MERCCURI! (pronounced just like the planet and first US manned space program) MERCCURI stands for: Microbial Ecology Research Combining Citizen and University Researchers on ISS (the International Space Station!). Learn all about this citizen science research project at SpaceMicrobes.org !
-Collect/identify microbes to go to the ISS (DONE, See candidates here)
-Microbes will fly to the ISS and grow in microgravity (LAUNCH DATE: 3/16/14)
-Collect microbes from the ISS for analysis on earth (PENDING LAUNCH)
-Collect/analyze 4000 cell phone/shoe samples (IN PROGRESS, ~2000 to date)
-Visualize cell phone/shoe data for pubic (MAP COMING SOON, INTERACTIVE DATA VISUALIZATION TO FOLLOW)
-Generate educational materials for classrooms (COMING SOON)
If you'd like to learn more, here’s a link to the first announcement we posted:
And here’s a link to the proposal we submitted to Space Florida and NanoRacks, LLC: