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NASA names upcoming treadmill C.O.L.B.E.R.T.

Recently, NASA held an online poll to allow people to help pick the name of a new module heading to the ISS. NASA put several potential names of its own into the mix and allowed participants to write in a name they wanted to suggest. Among the names that NASA suggested in the poll were Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise, and Venture.

Stephen Colbert from the Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" urged his fans to vote to name the module "Colbert". The urgings paid off with "Colbert" winning the poll. However, NASA announced this week that it would not name the module "Colbert"; instead, NASA says it will name a treadmill after the comedian.

The module previously known as Node 3 will now be called Tranquility. Ironically, Tranquility was the eighth most popular name in the poll. NASA-supplied "Serenity" was in second place behind "Colbert." Why exactly NASA didn't at least go with the second place name is unknown.

Tranquility is a nod to the location that the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon. The treadmill is going to be known as the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill or COLBERT for short.

NASA's Bill Gerstenmaier said, "We don't typically name U.S. space station hardware after living people and this is no exception. We have invited Stephen to Florida for the launch of COLBERT and to Houston to try out a version of the treadmill that astronauts train on."

Getting a treadmill named after him might not be what Colbert initially had in mind, but perhaps he should be happy that Node 3 wasn't equipped with a toilet or things could have been worse.

"I think a treadmill is better than a node ... because the node is just a box for the treadmill," remarked Colbert on Tuesday's broadcast of his nightly show. "Nobody says, 'Hey, my mom bought me a Nike box.' They want the shoes that are inside."

You can see the announcement made yesterday at Comedy Central's website.

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By Gul Westfale on 4/15/2009 11:37:09 AM , Rating: 5
why hold a poll if you're going to disregard the result?

if they did this to drum up some publicity/public support, then they just shot themselves in the foot by ignoring the public's vote. next time, no one will care and they'll only have themselves to blame.

RE: why?
By Amiga500 on 4/15/2009 11:41:59 AM , Rating: 5
Agree - kinda.

They should have used the 2nd name in the list.

No point in asking for someone's opinion if your just going to ignore it. Typically that is the job of a politican not an engineer.

RE: why?
By quiksilvr on 4/15/2009 2:07:05 PM , Rating: 5
Um...hello? NASA? It's nothing BUT politics for them.

RE: why?
By homebredcorgi on 4/15/2009 2:30:20 PM , Rating: 5
This seems like a reasonable compromise and still gets some decent publicity for NASA and Colbert.

It currently reads "Colbet" not "Colbert."

RE: why?
By Kougar on 4/16/2009 2:59:54 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, they haven't fixed this a day later? Now the typos have migrated to the titles.

RE: why?
By Slash3 on 4/16/2009 8:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, and it will stay that way, because they never proofread articles. Also, Colbert may be America, but Colbet is forever.

RE: why?
By callmeroy on 4/16/2009 8:49:53 AM , Rating: 5
No point in asking for someone's opinion if your just going to ignore it.

Yep, you know , kind of like how women are.... :)

RE: why?
By MozeeToby on 4/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By OtterQueen on 4/15/2009 12:12:49 PM , Rating: 4
They didn't go with Serenity. They went with Tranquility, the eighth most popular name in the poll.

And I don't know what evidence you have that the people who voted for Colbert didn't care what the node was named.

RE: why?
By adiposity on 4/15/2009 12:14:35 PM , Rating: 4
Can you read?

They named the node Tranquility, the 8th most popular one on the poll. So no, they did not name it what the "people who cared" wanted, they named it something totally irrelevant to the poll.

Forget Colbert, they ignored everyone who voted in the poll. They did not use the results of the poll to choose the name, period. And honestly, there is no point in voting if the 8th most popular choice gets the nod...

If what you said had happened, it might have made some sense. But that is not what happened...


Final Voting Results:

Earthrise 9%
Legacy 13%
Serenity 70%
Venture 8%

Top 10 Suggestions:

RE: why?
By mmntech on 4/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By adiposity on 4/15/2009 12:22:41 PM , Rating: 4
It's not a clone of the Daily Show. It's a parody of O'Reilly Factor, with the same basic politics of the Daily Show driving the satire.


RE: why?
By VaultDweller on 4/15/2009 1:12:08 PM , Rating: 4
Also, it's a whole lot better than The Daily Show.

RE: why?
By OtterQueen on 4/15/2009 12:28:28 PM , Rating: 3
I don't think he's a jerk, I thought it was typical for the persona he has created. I'm a fan of the Colbert Report, but I voted for Serenity.

RE: why?
By callmeroy on 4/16/2009 8:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
Both shows are politically based , satire of course, but nonetheless they are politic shows.

That being said , like anything to do with politics --- you will have extremes...those that worship the show and those that loathe it beyond all belief. In between are those that like it and those that couldn't possibly care any less about it.

I watch them both, but not every day/night...they make me laugh sometimes, other times they bore me and I change the channel.

RE: why?
By Sazar on 4/15/2009 1:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, I totally would have voted for Xenu if I had seen that first :)

I voted for Colbert myself.

RE: why?
By walk2k on 4/15/2009 1:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
Thank god they did, the rest of those names are f'ing terrible.

You think if the internet spammed the poll and "" won they would actually name it that?

RE: why?
By KashGarinn on 4/16/2009 5:41:36 AM , Rating: 1
I totally agree after seeing what names are above tranquility.

They always did say they have the right to pick what is the right choice.

The internet is like a unruly kindergarten. If the teacher asks the kids what they should name the new hamster, will they go for the popular vote "Call him Mr. Poopy!" or the one which is actually appropriate but less popular?

The fact that loudmouth idiots are whining that they should have gone with the popular vote just shows that the maturity of people on the internet is about the same level as immature children in a kindergarten.

RE: why?
By cerx on 4/16/2009 10:58:54 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't quite equate COLBERT with MR. POOPY.

RE: why?
By BBeltrami on 4/16/2009 11:30:06 AM , Rating: 3
I knew Mr. Poopy. Mr. Poopy was my friend. Colbert is no Mr. Poopy.

RE: why?
By Belard on 4/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: why?
By cerx on 4/16/2009 10:57:29 AM , Rating: 2
I voted for Colbert and I wanted it to win. But only because Chuck Norris wasn't an option.

Serenity gives a nod to the old Fox Show / Movie, but it didn't "win", either.

RE: why?
By spread on 4/15/2009 12:51:44 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, they should have at least named the toilet after him.

I'm going to use the Colbert. Don't forget to flush the Colbert!

It has a nice ring to it.

RE: why?
By VaultDweller on 4/15/2009 1:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
He'd still be happy, he seems to like having anything named after him.

RE: why?
By geddarkstorm on 4/15/2009 2:13:47 PM , Rating: 3
I think the main point of what he does is to get people engaged and caring about the going-ons in the world around them. He does a pretty bang up job at that.

RE: why?
By raelalt on 4/15/2009 7:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
by geddarkstorm on April 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM I think the main point of what he does is to get people engaged and caring about the going-ons in the world around them. He does a pretty bang up job at that.

Exactly, sometimes you have to piss off someone before they'll pay attention.

RE: why?
By Slinger2112 on 4/15/2009 10:05:09 PM , Rating: 5
What would the acronym be there?
C.O.L.B.E.R.T. - Colon Or Lower Bowel Evacuation Recovery Toilet?

RE: why?
By Belard on 4/16/2009 4:55:13 AM , Rating: 3
I'd give you a vote for that one... ;)

That actually works. ;)

RE: why?
By Chiisuchianu on 4/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By VaultDweller on 4/15/2009 1:36:35 PM , Rating: 3
They ignored the sincere opinions, too.

Unless you're suggesting that all the people that voted for Serenity were teenage followers of some troll?

RE: why?
By bluemagic on 4/17/2009 8:39:50 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree ... no wonder the general public dont care what nasa is doing ... nasa clearly doesnt care about them

Who ever co-ordinated that should have realised this before they started it surely ... now if it was a really weird and poitless name fair enough disregard it but colbert has a story behind it ... who cares if its a comedic one .... life is a comedy.

By rubyxc7 on 4/15/2009 12:02:01 PM , Rating: 2
there is no democracy in space... :(

RE: Alas...
By pequin06 on 4/15/2009 12:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's a Republic

RE: Alas...
By Motoman on 4/15/2009 12:47:07 PM , Rating: 5
In space, no one can hear you vote...

RE: Alas...
By AEvangel on 4/15/2009 5:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
OMG...that was funny.

By iregulate on 4/15/2009 12:49:08 PM , Rating: 3
Colbert's name is spelled wrong in the header.

RE: spellcheck?
By Mclendo06 on 4/15/2009 1:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they don't misspell it when they put it on the treadmill.

RE: spellcheck?
By Lifted on 4/15/2009 7:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
I had no idea who this article was about so I never opened it.

I just clicked on it accidentally and saw Colbert... doooohhh!

RE: spellcheck?
By cerx on 4/16/2009 10:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
Gets his name on a treadmill, but not a DT title.

There you have it
By Randomblame on 4/15/2009 11:57:33 PM , Rating: 3
A government entity finally admits that your vote doesn't matter. We've known it for years, but now they are finally being honest with us.

I voted for serenity - cuz colbert is french and firefly kicks ass

RE: There you have it
By cerx on 4/16/2009 11:01:50 AM , Rating: 3
Woot to Firefly.

By omnicronx on 4/15/2009 12:42:18 PM , Rating: 5
Colbet Gets His Name on ISS Treadmill Instead of Node 3.
And to add insult to injury, they spelled his name wrong..

Time for another title change?

By ClownPuncher on 4/15/2009 11:29:56 AM , Rating: 2
It would have been rather silly to name the node after Colbert. But at least his treadmill will help improve astronaut muscle mass and cardio-vascular functions. :O

toilet name was already taken
By tastyratz on 4/15/2009 2:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't name the John since John Harrington already took that one, although I see that being reflected under "foresight is 20/20" to him after all.

By Chiisuchianu on 4/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Wow.
By bighairycamel on 4/15/2009 1:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yah! How dare someone dawn a fake personality to satirically mimic someone as honest and honorable as Bill O'Reilly! The media has no place for satire or politial comedy!

OK, sarcasm off, anyone who takes this guy seriously is the real moron. A sense of humor must have been missing from your gene pool.

RE: Wow.
By Belard on 4/15/2009 5:25:51 PM , Rating: 3
Funny thing is....

While is show is a news parody... its more accurate and newsworthy than O'Reily Factor, Ann "fridge" Coulter and others like them.

By VashHT on 4/15/2009 11:58:37 AM , Rating: 1
hahahaha....oh wait are you actually serious?

By DarkElfa on 4/15/2009 12:04:03 PM , Rating: 1
Fox news is a Republican shout box. NASA is a waste of resources. Both should be destroyed and what was once NASA should be rebuild and remade with new purpose and accountability. The problem is that NASA hails from a time of big spending and big missions and that time is over in both respects. What we need now is an organization that is interested in getting the most bang for the buck and finding alternative ways to gather the information it gathers now but do it at a substantially lower cost to the taxpayer.

By ClownPuncher on 4/15/2009 11:58:52 AM , Rating: 1
Fox news is no less propaganda and tripe than any news show.

By Spuke on 4/15/2009 6:09:47 PM , Rating: 2
Fox news is no less propaganda and tripe than any news show.
Seriously, they ALL suck.

By Amiga500 on 4/15/2009 12:02:20 PM , Rating: 4
If you actually watched Fox news you would know it's the most informative news show out there.

That explains an awful lot.

Your probably going to disregard this, but I strongly suggest you find alternative points of view to Fox.

Note what I said - alternative points of view, not just alternative sources of information. Fox is more about getting Rupert Murdoch's (and similar) view on the world into other people's heads.

Your absolutely right when you say the job of the media is to question things and watch over the government. But we need them to be strictly neutral when doing so. Unfortunately fox will only talk down what doesn't suit Murdoch, and talk up what does.

By adiposity on 4/15/2009 12:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
Poll after independent poll has proven that Fox news is the least biased news program on TV.

Can you link some of these polls?


By rdeegvainl on 4/15/2009 12:29:33 PM , Rating: 4
tell me how a poll proves anything?

By surt on 4/15/2009 12:35:08 PM , Rating: 1
You kids can downrate and freak out on my all you want. Poll after independent poll has proven that Fox news is the least biased news program on TV.

Thanks, that had me rolling in the aisles.

By omnicronx on 4/15/2009 12:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how a poll of people who must have to watch fox news in the first place (or else how would their input be relevant to the pole) is any kind of proof at all.

Thats like going to a mall and having a poll in which you yell 'Who thinks Obama is a good president', it is more than likely that more Obama supporters will come up to you and say yes, while non supporters will merely walk by.

This is why polls mean absolutely nothing unless the respondents are anonymous and have no idea what questions are going to be asked, and a sample pool with different age groups and demographics is taken into account.

By Basilisk on 4/15/2009 12:23:20 PM , Rating: 3
If you actually watched Fox news you would know it's the most informative news show out there.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... ROFL! You crack us up! Your recent postings are earning you quite a reputation for pithy, insightful observations and THIS takes the cake.

Fox's Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck have certainly led the world's press towards insightful critiques and disclosures on the Bush administration, for careful analysis of Palin/McCain's strengths, and for rational and even handed discussions of the Obama campaign and administration! Sure they have... NOT! I've never encountered a more frothing-at-the-mouth, dishonest, mean-spirited group of rabble-agitators than the stable at Fox. To be fair, there are some good staff there; but there are so many insufferably self-aggrandizing liers in that crowd -- more than the big three I've listed -- that most of my fellow independents [as well as the rabid left] find it a bizarre form of self-derogation to quote or praise Foxies.

If you've gone "off meds", now is the time to reconsider your choice.

By pequin06 on 4/15/2009 12:37:13 PM , Rating: 3
Calling yourself independent is intellectually dishonesty.

By pequin06 on 4/15/2009 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 3
Let's see: 'worked at a Republican State Central Committee several summers as a youth; worked on my aunt's campaign for the U.S. Senate [Republican Party]; at one point was a member of the NRA [goddess forgive me];

Well slap me silly, you just proved you're truly independent! /sarcasm

Not all republicans are on the right or even in the middle.

There's also plenty of left wingers or "independents" who belong to the NRA as well. They're happy with gun control just as long as the goverment don't start banning "thar huntin' rifle" or shotgun.
Just because someone is NRA doesn't make them "Right" or believe in all of what the NRA is for.

No, going by your comments you're not Right, Left, or independent. You're an elitist

By cerx on 4/16/2009 11:52:45 AM , Rating: 2
Does saying that make you feel better about your views or something?

I'm an independent; no "liberal". I probably lean toward the left more than the right, but not "flaming"-ly so.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/2009 1:05:05 PM , Rating: 1
I'm an independent; no "liberal". I probably lean toward the left more than the right, but not "flaming"-ly so.

Independents, REAL independents, are Conservative but just don't know it. Think about it. They are for minimal government intervention in their lives, sensible policies, and lower taxes etc etc. Gee, who does that remind you of !? Conservatives.

I'm not sure how you are an Independent that "leans to the left". Seriously, how does that work ? I'm honestly curious.

By ClownPuncher on 4/15/2009 12:54:41 PM , Rating: 5
Fox is right wing propaganda, but to think MSNBC isn't left wing propaganda is pretty laughable. I get my news from the serpents that live below the Earth's crust.

By PAPutzback on 4/15/2009 1:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't doubt you are right. That is why read similar stories on different sites. I wonder where pocket express on my PDA gets its news. To expect the truth from any news site that makes its money through advertising would be nuts.

By Master Kenobi on 4/15/2009 1:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
BBC is funded by the government and even there its pretty slanted depending on the topic at hand.

By MrBungle123 on 4/16/2009 12:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of what gets posted at different sites is the same story. I know that,, and all post stories from the AP it will be the same story from the same author just with a different picture at the top of the page.

By kyleb2112 on 4/15/2009 1:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
The left wing or right wing serpents?

By ClownPuncher on 4/15/2009 2:15:53 PM , Rating: 5
All Serpent Lords have 2 wings.

By ZachDontScare on 4/15/2009 4:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
But I ahve seen many articles on fox...

If you're referring to their website, much of it is simply AP feeds, and thus the same thing you see on thousands of other sites.

By Belard on 4/15/2009 5:30:01 PM , Rating: 1
If you actually watched Fox news you would know it's the most informative news show out there.

That is one of the funniest things I read all day.


By cerx on 4/16/2009 11:45:49 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think most people are bashing you for watching Fox. Just for saying/thinking it's "fair and balanced" just because they say they are.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/2009 12:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
They are close enough to rock and roll for me. Let's be honest here, all these kids flaming Fox news wouldn't know LIBERAL bias in the media if it slapped them in the face.

That is what's so sad about our society. The left bias has become so widespread, it's actually ACCEPTED as the normal view on things. Even though most Americans call themselves Conservatives or moderates.

I have zero problems with Fox news offering apposing points of views and asking questions MSNBC sure as hell won't. Especially now, when these questions and points need to be brought up more than ever.

By MrBungle123 on 4/16/2009 12:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
That is what's so sad about our society. The left bias has become so widespread, it's actually ACCEPTED as the normal view on things.

I think it depends on where you live.

By cerx on 4/16/2009 11:49:10 AM , Rating: 1
While it's true that the media shouldn't slurp up everything the government says, I believe Fox News is the most pandering, just not to the Dems. Then again, I've never watched MSNBC so maybe they're just as bad.

Just like Fox suckled at Bush's teet, the Dem channels get their chance with Obama.

By MrBungle123 on 4/16/2009 12:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
What you should do sometime is grab a headline (preferably something controversial) and not read or watch the story, research the topic, then watch/read the story. You will find out just how biased the media is.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/2009 1:00:05 PM , Rating: 2
I believe Fox News is the most pandering, just not to the Dems

Even if that's true. So ? 6 out of the 5 major networks are completely in the TANK for the liberals, but we're going to single out the 1 as being biased while giving the rest a pass ? Only on Daily Tech..

Then again, I've never watched MSNBC so maybe they're just as bad.

Do yourself a favor and don't. Or, actually, do and you might see what I'm talking about if you are reasonably intelligent and have common sense.

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