Node 3 needs a name.  Credit: NASA

Help NASA Name the Next ISS Module

Article Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

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The next module for the International Space Station needs a name; something with a little more pizazz than its current appellation, Node 3. NASA is seeking opinions and suggestions for new names, for the component – a connecting module and its cupola, targeted to launch in December 2009. The cupola looks very cool, almost like a starship bridge – with six rectangular windows and one circular window overhead, providing a panoramic view that will be unrivaled by any other spacecraft ever flown. Node 3 itself will connect to the port side of the Unity Node and will provide room for many of the station’s life support systems. NASA has a few names picked out, so you can vote for those, or suggest your own designation. NASA says the name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony. Here are the choices so far:

Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity, Venture, or, suggest another name.

Voting/suggesting is open until March 20 here.

More about Node 3:

Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the Node 3 components during the STS-130 mission, currently schedule for December 2009. Once the cupola is attached to one of the module’s six ports, it will offer astronauts a spectacular view of both their home planet and their home in space. Aside from providing a perfect location to observe and photograph the Earth, the cupola also will contain a robotics workstation, where astronauts will be able to control the station’s giant robotic arm.

Node 3 and cupola.  Credit:  ESA

Node 3 and cupola. Credit: ESA


After Node 3 is installed, the station’s crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station, including:

The Oxygen Generation System (OGS), which takes the station’s water and splits it apart into hydrogen, which gets vented into space, and oxygen, which is returned into the cabin for the crew to breathe
Atmosphere Revitalization System (ARS), which controls the station’s carbon dioxide levels and maintains the temperature and atmospheric pressure at comfortable levels.

The Water Recovery System (WRS) and Urine Processor Assembly (UPA), which take waste water from the station’s shower and toilets and purify it, separating any contaminants and making it safe for the crew to drink.

The Waste and hygiene compartment, which provides a place for the crew to shower and use the bathroom in a way that allows the station to process the majority of the water used onboard so that it may be used again, greatly lessening the need for resupply flights from Earth.

NASA and its station partners traditionally have named each habitable part of the station, including its three laboratories (the U.S lab- Destiny, the European lab- Columbus, and the Japanese lab- Kibo or Hope), two airlocks (Quest and Pirs), and two Russian-built modules (Zvezda or Star, and Zarya or Dawn).

Source: NASA


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Spoodle58
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February 20, 2009 9:21 AM

I have a feeling this topic of discussion will go somewhere on the line of our ATV discussion. smile

NASA will probably call this node peace. (of junk) smile

Sili
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Sili
February 20, 2009 10:33 AM

Sounds like a Conservatory to me.

Timmy
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Timmy
February 20, 2009 10:35 AM

Julius Caesar

Charles Boyer
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Charles Boyer
February 20, 2009 11:49 AM

Grissom or Armstrong.

Max Fagin
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Max Fagin
February 20, 2009 11:50 AM

The current leading name on NASA’s website is “Serenity” smile. Methinks there is considerable overlap between the set of NASA readers and the set of Firefly fans.

Homer Watson
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Homer Watson
February 20, 2009 1:28 PM

The observation lounge

robbi
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robbi
February 20, 2009 1:50 PM

To be fair, I was thinking of a co-name -A Slavic (Russian or Soviet Cosmonaut) and an American Astronaut – I am still thinking

Daniel
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Daniel
February 20, 2009 2:12 PM

Does anyone know how to get NASA to show some other options besides these? None of them are any good or make sense in combination with Unity and Harmony. I think that the node should be called Integrity, which matches very well and sounds much better, but since no one will see this option, it will probably be called Serenity which is a very stupid option which does no service to the honor and spirit of cooperation of which the station is such a magnificent symbol. If you know how, please help to publicize this alternative.

neil
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neil
February 20, 2009 2:45 PM

how about floating hunk of red tape nasa crap

Tom
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Tom
February 20, 2009 3:23 PM

I thought Earthrise (very poetic, and what people will observe from there) was a sure winner but for some reason people like “serenity?”

Serenity seems senseless and cheesey…

KaiYves
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KaiYves
February 20, 2009 3:55 PM

I think Venture is a good name.

rui borges
Guest
February 20, 2009 4:39 PM

Just dropped my suggestion in the box…: Fraternity.

And yes…where can we see all the suggestions?!

Silver Thread
Member
Silver Thread
February 20, 2009 9:09 PM

Serenity definitely has my vote, though more as a tribute to the Space craft “Serenity” from the Firefly TV Series.

Chuck Lam
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Chuck Lam
February 21, 2009 6:57 AM

Hmm . . . let’s see, how about the word “WASTE.” Now don’t anyone get excited. I know “WASTE” isn’t exactly catchy, but it appears to be very accurate.

Colin Hazelton
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Colin Hazelton
February 21, 2009 9:33 AM

Community

SeaFire
Member
February 21, 2009 2:31 PM

I voted for Serenity.

… I was thinking of that name as I was reading and than there it was, first place, smile

SeaFire
Member
February 21, 2009 2:32 PM

the view is going to be beautiful!

KevinM
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KevinM
February 21, 2009 3:05 PM

The Nasa names are starting to sound like motivational posters, they should not suggest what is not realistic to strive for….Legacy sounds too political…I like Integrity, or peoples names. Some other possibly appropriate adverbs and agenda projections / labels:

Stability (orbital)
Solvency
Habitability
Redundancy
Survivability
Patience
Perseverance
Clairvoyance
Flexibility
Visibility
Privacy
Relativity (special or general)
Observability
Demonstrability
Disprovability
Serendipity
Solidarity
Cooperation
Opportunity (equal)
Liberte
Egalite
Fraternite

Vanamonde
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Vanamonde
February 22, 2009 9:11 AM

My suggestion was “Five Forward” since there is no bar. But Joss Whedon rules ALL!

“Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me…”

S.E.Cycloid
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S.E.Cycloid
February 22, 2009 9:54 AM

Suggested Integrity at the NASA site before seeing it independently here. It looks like Serenity is most popular. I am slightly disappointed that some of the anti-ISS folk commenting on UT have not come up with a blizzard of synical, comical and bitter suggestions (challenge smile ).

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