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ISS Node 3:  Will it be Colbert?

Colbert Wins ISS Naming Contest

23 Mar , 2009

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NASA obviously underestimated the awesome power of the Colbert. In an online contest to name a new module for the International Space Station, NASA suggested a few names, but then provided the possibility for write-in suggestions. Comedian Stephen Colbert won in a landslide, beating out NASA’s obvious top suggestion, Serenity by over 40,000 votes. But NASA has not said if they will heed the public’s wishes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast when the voting ended last Friday. Colbert has been in the lead for some time, and a few weeks ago NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier joined Colbert on his Comedy Central show to address the possibility of actually naming the module. “Will you now commit to naming that module Colbert if I win your online vote?” Colbert asked Gerstenmaier.

“Well, we’re going to have to go think about that as we get all the votes and we see where we are,” Gerstenmaier responded. See the video below:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Space Module: Colbert – William Gerstenmaier
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NASA said it reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters “the most consideration.”

Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report” to write in his name. Colbert received 230,539 votes.

He said “Serenity” is not a name for a space station module, but for an air freshener.

Serenity took 70% of votes for NASA’s suggested names, with Legacy, Earthrise and Venture getting just a small percentage of the votes. NASA has said contests like this one are a way to get the public involved with space exploration.

Anyone want to place bets on what the module’s name will actually be?

For more information about the Node 3 module, read our original post about the naming contest.

Source: MSNBC, NASA


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Emission Nebula
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Emission Nebula
March 23, 2009 2:54 PM

I voted for Colbert.

Aqua
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Aqua
March 23, 2009 4:03 PM

I guess next we’ll have to send him up to the ISS for an in depth interview and report on what the astronauts actually think about all the controversy? Yes… he can take his eagle.

KaiYves
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KaiYves
March 23, 2009 4:03 PM

I voted for “Venture”. Can I still call it that, no matter what name they pick?

Aqua
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Aqua
March 23, 2009 4:06 PM

… or maybe a phone call will do?

Layman
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Layman
March 23, 2009 4:11 PM

Comedian Stephen Colbert ?
I guess that I am a nerd- I have never even heard of him- He is never on the Science Channel is he?
Lets name something for Carl Sagan or
how about William Shatner- or the
James T Kirk module-

marcellus
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marcellus
March 23, 2009 11:21 PM

Naming the module Colbert would be more evidence of the decline of western civilization.

tacitus
Member
March 23, 2009 4:21 PM

NASA isn’t going to select Colbert. They have an easy get-out in that The Colbert Report is part of Comedy Central which is an ongoing commercial enterprise, and naming the module after the star of the show would be seen as free advertising (even more than the free publicity he’s already received). As much as I like the show, I don’t agree that my tax dollars should be used in this way.

Mark my words, Serenity will get the nod.

Jorge
Guest
March 23, 2009 4:30 PM

Layman, Colbert himself is a nerd. wink

Anyhoo, I’d go for naming a module Colbert, but only if NASA named another one Stewart. Besides, that’d piss off the iranians: Stewart is also from Jew-piter, I hear. grin

Maxwell
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Maxwell
March 23, 2009 4:35 PM

The firefly fans voted for Serenity… and I suspect they have guns.

This could get ugly >_>;

gwhitton
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gwhitton
March 23, 2009 5:00 PM

Who is Colbert? ;o) Can anyone imagine Captain Kirk meeting aliens in a ship named Colbert? Much less a space station module. I’ll side with NASA on this one.

R2K
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March 23, 2009 5:13 PM

Should have been Serenity.

Layman
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Layman
March 23, 2009 5:48 PM

Does anyone know if this module has a particular purpose- science- medical- galley-gym- holo-deck….?

Lets vote again- The Sagan Observatory

Silver Thread
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Silver Thread
March 23, 2009 5:51 PM

Rubbish. If this crap is just a retarded Popularity Contest it’s going to wind up being some retarded crap like “The Hannah Montana Module”. It has to be Serentiy, gorram it.

internyet
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internyet
March 23, 2009 5:52 PM

Serenity now…Colbert later.

yanluz86
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March 23, 2009 7:47 PM

I voted for Colbert.

But I think NASA will come up with some lame excuse not to use that.

Surak
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Surak
March 23, 2009 9:49 PM

The first space shuttle was named Enterprise, from the Star Trek TV show … How’s that for naming something after a ‘commercial enterprise’ huh tacitus?

I voted Colbert

tacitus
Member
March 23, 2009 10:16 PM
Yes, Ken, I know about Enterprise. There’s a big difference though. There were already eight US Navy ships by the same name before Star Trek ever took to the airwaves, so while the vote to name the first space shuttle Enterprise was obviously swayed by sentimental reasons, there were also excellent historical reasons for giving it that name (not to mention the appropriateness of the term itself). I also don’t remember any employee of Paramount launching an active campaign to get that name selected! I thought it was great fun for Colbert to throw his lot into the competition and NASA only benefits from the extra publicity it’s given them but, as I said, there is no way… Read more »
Wolter
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Wolter
March 23, 2009 11:58 PM

Does Colbert in anyway “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.”
I don’t think so….

lukegarratt
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lukegarratt
March 24, 2009 12:07 AM

Looks more like a gun-mount from the Millenium Falcon to me…

bsercombe
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bsercombe
March 24, 2009 2:22 AM

I voted for Norris. Because if we named it after Chuck you’d never need to move it out of the way of space junk again.

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