Part 1: Collect microbes from earth to compete in the "microbial playoffs in space"
-Microbes were flown to the ISS and grown in microgravity (successful launch on April 18, 2014). Results of the microbial playoffs here. Results comparing space to earth here. Latest press release here.
Part 2: Collect microbes from the ISS for analysis on earth
-Swabs collected on ISS, May 9th 2014, returned to earth May 18, 2014 (blog post here). Data analysis in progress.
Part 3: Collect/analyze 3000 cell phone/shoe samples
-All samples collected and sequenced. Data analysis in progress.