So last night was the first large-scale public microbial sampling event for project MERCCURI (a.k.a. Microbes in Spaaaace!). Around 330 teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference bought tickets to the game. After the game many of them came down on the court to take photos, shoot baskets and sample the microbes on their cell phones and shoes. We also took a number of surface samples from around the court for our “microbial playoffs” project. We gave away stuffed microbes, t-shirts, mission patches and hundreds of information fliers.