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Microbes from GA Tech dancers sent to space

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Members of the Georgia Tech dance team swabbed the bottoms of their shoes, their cell phones, and even underneath the seats at Bobby Dodd Stadium to collect microbes.

So what are they going to do with all that "gunk"?

Believe it or not, the Georgia Tech dancers will load all that material up, and launch it into space!

It's part of a huge nationwide science experiment, where microbes are studied at the International Space Station.

The teeny tiny little microbes from Amy Tsang will take flight. "I actually swabbed my dance shoe and my cell phone, so those microbes went in!" Tsang said.

The ladies are among thousands of people across the United States participating in the science research project.

"The purpose of this whole experiment is to see how diff microbes grow in space versus how they grow here on earth," said dancer Shelby Bottoms. Bottoms is also an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech. "We swabbed railings, we swabbed seats where students sit during the games, we swabbed where the football players sit," Bottoms said.

All those microbes will be loaded up onto the Space X Falcon 9 rocket and launched into space where they'll be studied at the International Space Station.

"While these microbes are growing in space, there's an identical set of these microbes that will be growing at UC - Davis. And they're going to compare the rate at which these microbes grow," Bottoms said.

"I'm really excited about space and space exploration so I definitely jumped on board to get involved with this project."

The research project is called Project Merccuri". The rocket is set to launch sometime in April.

The Georgia Tech dancers, along with the public, will be able to follow the project and its results as it continues over the next several months via the website.

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