This year, the iGEM competition is being sponsored by NASA, and so they’re really trying to encourage projects that involve space-themed applications. That’ll be why we received a package from them then.
We got sent a small vial of moon rock. Well, not proper moon rock, this is chemically identical, basaltic rock from a dormant volcano in Arizona. With this, NASA hope that we can come up with something cool; like a bacterium that can grow solely on this medium so that other worlds can be colonised. Or something like that.
Even better than that, the package also contained an iGEM pin badge for everyone on the team, as well as a little sticker.
This shit just got real.