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Patriots Cheerleaders participate in project for the International Space Station
I’m writing to let you know about a different Super Bowl taking place this March…in outer space! This time, it’s the New England Patriots vs. the San Francisco 49ers in the Microbial Super Bowl aboard the International Space Station. Back in August, we swabbed our field and sent the samples to researchers at UC Davis, who determined that the Patriots will be one of two teams to compete for “best sprinter” (the microbe that can grow the fastest in a near zero-g environment) and “best huddler” (the microbe that can grow to the highest density).
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to cheer for the best team in the NFL while continuing my scientific pursuits. Through efforts like the Microbial Super Bowl, I hope to show everyone that there is so much more to cheerleaders than what meets the eye. Yes, we love football and we love the Patriots, but we are also smart, determined, and hard-working, making valuable contributions to society both on and off the field.
Even though Super Bowl XLVIII has passed, we still have a Super Bowl in outer space to win! Cheers to science, and Go Pats!