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Popular TV icon Stephen Colbert still is seeking his name on a node to be installed on the ISS

TV personality Stephen Colbert still wants a node headed for the International Space Station (ISS) to be named after him, despite concern from several politicians who don't believe it'd be proper for it to be named after a TV celebrity.

Colbert urged viewers of his television show, "The Colbert Report," to participate in a NASA online poll seeking participants to help the U.S. space agency name Node 3.  More than 230,539 of Colbert's supporters logged on and voted for Colbert to be the official name for the node.  The top NASA-created name, "Serenity," was in second place, down more than 40,000 votes to Colbert.

"I'm sure that the right people will make the right decision," NASA astronaut Michael Barratt said to reporters during a recent video conference.  "We'll be happy to live in the node whatever it's called."

NASA reserves the right to name the node whatever it wishes -- despite the public poll -- but the topic has drawn interest from several politicians.

"NASA decided to hold an election to name its new room at the International Space Station and the clear winner is Stephen Colbert," U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah said in a statement.  "The people have spoken, and Stephen Colbert won it fair and square -- even if his campaign was a bit over the top."

Congressman Fattah supports the decision, but several others have come forward and said naming the node after Colbert is silly.  Colbert, during a recent episode of his show, demanded that his name be officially attached to the NASA node.

"NASA, I urge you to heed Congressman Fattah's call for democracy in orbit," Colbert said on Monday evening's show.  "Either name that node after me, or I, too, will reject democracy and seize power as space's evil tyrant overlord."

It's unknown what NASA will do, but several officials are now discussing the topic, though it's unknown when an official announcement will be made.



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Not without payment
By Moishe on 4/8/2009 9:13:22 AM , Rating: 5
I think NASA should offer to sell the name to highest bidder and offer to pain the name + logo on the side. Private industry has cash that NASA needs. As for giving it to Colbert for free, I think it is a bit silly and it's free advertisement. They should just ask for some cash.




RE: Not without payment
By retrospooty on 4/8/2009 9:33:56 AM , Rating: 5
That's actually a good idea... The Frito-Lay's Atlantis has re-entered orbit from its mission to the Little Debbie's space station. =)


RE: Not without payment
By VaultDweller on 4/8/2009 9:53:20 AM , Rating: 4
Will it's next mission be to IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, or Planet Starbucks?


RE: Not without payment
By marsbound2024 on 4/8/2009 11:17:09 AM , Rating: 5
Don't be silly... Starbucks is the name reserved for the future interstellar currency!


RE: Not without payment
By DM0407 on 4/8/2009 3:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
+6


RE: Not without payment
By birdshot80 on 4/10/2009 10:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
I don't really think we have time for a handjob, Joe.


RE: Not without payment
By jlips6 on 4/8/2009 5:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
The closest they'll ever get is by climbing the wrist thick kudzu vines up the side of the Sears tower...


RE: Not without payment
By Moishe on 4/8/2009 9:54:02 AM , Rating: 2
Funny... Not since we've been doing it for years for other things, it makes sense. NASA needs more cash!

I'd love to take a trip to the Space Hilton!


RE: Not without payment
By xsilver on 4/8/2009 11:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
But then when an asteroid crashes into the frito lays - will it have extra crunch?

Also cant decide if it will be good or bad PR if some bad crap happens.


RE: Not without payment
By retrospooty on 4/8/2009 3:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
"But then when an asteroid crashes into the frito lays - will it have extra crunch? Also cant decide if it will be good or bad PR if some bad crap happens."

It would be great PR if handled right - just turn the tragedy into a patriotic theme and sell it!


RE: Not without payment
By Chernobyl68 on 4/8/2009 7:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
crunch all you want, we'll make more.


RE: Not without payment
By choadenstein on 4/8/2009 9:47:25 AM , Rating: 4
Brought to you by Carl's Jr., Brought to you by Carl's Jr.!!!


RE: Not without payment
By FITCamaro on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Not without payment
By Moishe on 4/8/2009 11:11:22 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
I've got a chicken nugget for that chick....


fixed that for you :)


RE: Not without payment
By phxfreddy on 4/9/2009 6:27:56 AM , Rating: 2
Big cluckin chicken da da dahhh duh duh duh


RE: Not without payment
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/8/2009 12:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
Silly? Its a fantastic windfall of free publicity for NASA. They need some good PR whenever they can get it. Their handling of this situation isnt helpful.


RE: Not without payment
By AEvangel on 4/9/2009 1:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
NASA = National Advertising Space Available


Stupid
By Agentbolt on 4/8/2009 9:19:28 AM , Rating: 3
If you don't want to give your new item a stupid name, don't let the general public come up with the name. If NASA is going to get their panties twisted up over this, they should have come up with a list of "acceptable" names and let people vote on only those.

The last thing NASA needs is the bad press they'll get for ignoring the poll results, and they especially don't need to piss off the younger people voting, as it seems it's the younger generation who mostly questions NASA's necessity in the first place. They put themselves in a bad situation, they should at least avoid making it worse.




RE: Stupid
By Visual on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By VaultDweller on 4/8/2009 9:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
If by "egocentric idiot" you mean Colbert (the person), I believe you're mistaken. It's extremely unlikely Colbert (the person) will be angry at having his name rejected, but of course Colbert (the fictional TV character) will be angry.

Remember: this man plays an egocentric idiot. He is not actually an egocentric idiot.

As for pissing off his followers... yeah, that's probably right.


RE: Stupid
By Motoman on 4/8/2009 11:07:45 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think so - his "followers" are a very heady group...pretty much the same group that watches the Daily Show...not your typical TV audience. I think they're all firmly aware of the tongue-in-cheek approach to this campaign (and everything else Colbert does).


RE: Stupid
By Reclaimer77 on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By Basilisk on 4/8/2009 12:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
Satisfy both the Reds and the Blues: paint one side with "Steven Colbert Utility Module" and paint "SCUM" on the other.

Ooops! Another 2 cents down the drain.

Just -what- are the virtues in naming a urine-recycling plant, anyway? You -know- the negative potential vastly outweighs the upside: what company would pay Big Bux for the privilege when the risk is months of adverse press when things leak/back-up and the plumber's visit costs $700M+?


RE: Stupid
By ClownPuncher on 4/8/2009 1:17:17 PM , Rating: 5
I have come to the conclusion, from reading posts you have made over the years, that you hate just about everything.


RE: Stupid
By Basilisk on 4/8/2009 2:27:39 PM , Rating: 2
Should a guy who punches clowns really be posting derogatory remarks about anyone, even humorless fascists???

[I'd remark that DT posts can't get much worse, but each month I'm surprised! :) ]


RE: Stupid
By ClownPuncher on 4/8/2009 3:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
I only punch clowns when I catch them making light of NASA node naming infractions.


RE: Stupid
By Reclaimer77 on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By FITCamaro on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By MadMan007 on 4/8/2009 4:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
Heady group? You may be thinking (highly) of yourself and maybe your pals but there are plenty of not so bright people who watch those shows and actually use it as their prime news source. It's sad when there are real in-depth news shows that are actually 'heady'...the problem is those aren't 'infotainment.'


RE: Stupid
By Motoman on 4/8/2009 10:42:48 PM , Rating: 3
http://people-press.org/report/319/public-knowledg...

Check out the little graphic "Knowledge levels by news source."

2007 Pew Research Center study - Daily Show (and Colbert Report) watchers had the greatest % of current news knowledge of ALL those surveyed...including those who primarily got their news from Jim Lehrer, NPR, and CNN.

So no, I'm not skewing this with any personal bias. Thanks for asking though.


RE: Stupid
By mcturkey on 4/8/2009 9:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
See, that's just it. NASA needs to learn how to do PR. They need to market themselves to the American public, otherwise they will cease to exist one of these days. We can get back to the moon or send humans to Mars for less than the cost of bailing out one bank, yet congress (and most presidents) have repeatedly sought to cut their budget. Hrmph.

Name it after Colbert and reap the rewards of positive press and a bit of public goodwill. The ISS needs a bit of flash and some press that won't just be focused on the massive cost overruns that it has created. Going over budget on a moon landing would be generally accepted simply because of the positive attention that it would generate. But the ISS has nothing of interest to offer to the general public.


RE: Stupid
By Teh Interwebz on 4/8/2009 10:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
Spot on. They should do it for the PR bonus (or to avoid the PR problem it would cause if they didnt). Especially because it doesnt really matter. Who cares if its called Serenity, Colbert, or PeeWee's Playhouse. It will still function the same.

I voted for Colbert btw :P

@another poster
I'm a big supporter of the space program and I'm 25. I dont think its young people who are generally against it. If anyone I assumed it would be far right Republicans who dont want gov spending anything on anything, but if FIT supports it that must not be true. So I guess its just apathy throughout all demographics that is to blame.

Which brings us back to Colbert, I am thankful he did this. It has drummed up a decent amount of mainstream talk about NASA and NASA needs to stir up a little excitement. As a bonus Colbert is more than likely commanding the attention of the younger demographic whose support is the most important if you are looking long term. Again that assumes NASA doesnt blow the PR opportunity.


RE: Stupid
By Moishe on 4/8/2009 11:25:14 AM , Rating: 4
If you think that conservatives/libertarians don't want spending on "anything" you are sadly mistaken.

It's just that they don't want spending that makes government more powerful in political terms (power over the citizens). Science, military (one of the main reasons for govt.), currency, basic interfaces with the world (both domestic and international) are all good. Giving lazy people free cash, supporting bad business decisions and structures, giving the government more power to spy on and steal from citizens are all bad.

But I think you're so right about the PR. NASA has to get modern in it's thinking. They need to flush out the bureaucracy and make space cool and an opportunity for the US to shine. The DARPA prizes are a great way to do this. They should be embracing just about any method of getting to space and selling ads on the sides of the rockets.


RE: Stupid
By Suntan on 4/8/2009 12:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what you’ve got going there.

I don’t know about selling ads to put on the side of launch vehicles, but I think they need to step up their PR big time. Something along the lines of what the army did a couple years back when it started having Hummers painted up wildly and playing rock music at State Fairs, releasing free FPS games, etc. etc.

Frankly, I find it sad that interest in NASA is so lacking that something like a guy on a cable comedy show is even able to make such a stir about it in the first place.

Somewhat related, here is a thread talking about hobbyists photographing the ISS as it orbits overhead:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1...

Why doesn’t NASA have more funding to bring programs like this to older children? Sponsor nights for star gazing and provide telescope/tracking equipment so people can watch these events on a big screen while simultaneously watching it track across the sky with their naked eye?

I think kids would still find this just as cool as the kids of the 50’s did if more money was spent to bring it to them (since there parents no longer care.)

-Suntan


RE: Stupid
By Belard on 4/9/2009 4:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think kids would still find this just as cool as the kids of the 50’s did if more money was spent to bring it to them (since there parents no longer care.)


I don't agree. Most kids nowadays and even in the past 20 some-odd years as well as most American adults have very little understanding of the world around them. They never leavet he city and notice things like stars.

If anything, watching something like the Universe series could be helpful and look good on a big screen TV.


RE: Stupid
By Teh Interwebz on 4/8/2009 4:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's just that they don't want spending that makes government more powerful in political terms (power over the citizens). Science, military (one of the main reasons for govt.), currency, basic interfaces with the world (both domestic and international) are all good. Giving lazy people free cash, supporting bad business decisions and structures, giving the government more power to spy on and steal from citizens are all bad.


Thanks for that. I so rarely get past talking points with any died in the wool republican I talk too that it usually ends up being gov spending = bad and nothing about what we need gov for. Nice to have a fully fleshed opinion to mull over.


RE: Stupid
By Teh Interwebz on 4/8/2009 4:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
As an addition I know plenty of moderate republicans who have fully fleshed opinions. I was more referring to the devoted fans of Limbaugh and most of FOX new channel anchors that dont really have their own opinions.


RE: Stupid
By FITCamaro on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By rmlarsen on 4/8/2009 9:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Bummer! So much for my theory that FITCamaro is Rush's DT alias. Just one of his minions, I guess.


RE: Stupid
By FITCamaro on 4/8/09, Rating: 0
RE: Stupid
By Reclaimer77 on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid
By Belard on 4/9/2009 3:37:11 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed... Colbert is giving them good PR. He won the vote. They had provided their OWN list and *IF* they only wanted to USE those names on that list, they should have NEVER EVER inserted a field for anyone to put in whatever name they want.

Besides do we need more names that sound so much the same? Hell, name the NODE R2D2... consider what the windows look like.

But yeah, rejecting Colbets name would cause more problems than not in my book.


..
By MadMan007 on 4/8/2009 9:16:00 AM , Rating: 2
How stupid.




RE: ..
By TSS on 4/8/2009 10:33:57 AM , Rating: 1
i don't think it's stupid to have his name put on the side after it's been decided by democratic vote.

however it is stupid to bicker and make a big deal about it since nobody is going to even remember this "node 3" in 50 years.


RE: ..
By Suntan on 4/8/2009 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
i don't think it's stupid to have his name put on the side after it's been decided by democratic vote.


I personally think it *would* be stupid to have a government entity implicitly supporting an action that is nothing more than a guy trying to make a farce of what you discribe as a "democratic vote."

-Suntan


RE: ..
By monomer on 4/8/2009 5:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that the congressman is calling it an election, when in reality it wwas a simple opinion poll. Last time I checked, polls weren't legally binding.

On the other hand, NASA should probably just suck it up and call it the Colbert pod to get some free publicity and goodwill.


RE: ..
By FITCamaro on 4/8/2009 5:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
See we can agree on something.


not suprised about 2nd place
By jlips6 on 4/8/2009 5:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
the people who watch firefly are practically a cult. I should know, I watch it.




RE: not suprised about 2nd place
By Belard on 4/9/2009 3:24:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I love FireFly and of course its movie, Sernity... it was my main choice to vote for, but I had to go with Colbert.

Afterall, he's actually made contact with the ISS in the past. It'll be fun.


By fatedtodie on 4/8/2009 10:03:54 AM , Rating: 3
While the rest of the media, in print, on TV, and even online, even the small blogs have picked this story up A WEEK OR TWO AGO, you finally catch on. BTW if you did a bit more research 2 or 3 of the astronauts themselves like the idea of naming it Colbert. Want to know why? it is a bit goofy and it will draw attention to a field that people incorrectly think is irrelevant. The more press the more money they get. The more money they get the closer we are to solving the mysteries of the universe. They are not just up there to say they have been to space they are conducting Medical, Agricultural, and other Technical sciences to solve problems ON EARTH.




wow
By Chiisuchianu on 4/8/2009 12:21:56 PM , Rating: 1
people still watch this guy? and to create an article on this site structly about him? sad.




RE: wow
By Belard on 4/9/2009 3:26:50 AM , Rating: 2
A highly rated cable show. What's wrong with Colbet? He's news is more accurate than anything on FOX... I'm not sure why he's not on FOX.


You left out the recent developments
By preslove on 4/8/2009 4:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
This is old news. Some in NASA are considering naming the new toilet after Colbert. I think that would be awesome, because it would give Colbert a reason to attack NASA for a while giving them a bunch of additional PR.

http://www.space.com/entertainment/090324-colbert-...




By FITCamaro on 4/8/2009 5:07:05 PM , Rating: 1
Now that I would be for. Especially if they put his face on the bowl of it.


Hill Air Eee Uss!
By SiliconJon on 4/8/2009 9:54:06 AM , Rating: 2
Colbert it one funny SoB, and the level of ruckus being raised over this is perfectly in line with his style of absurdity and mockery.

On a serious note, I don't care if they name some tiny module after a TV show that is far better than such a tiny "nodule" or after adult diapers, but on a Colbert note I'm going to raise hell to get mob rule enacted and see Colbert IN SPACE! ;)




Bad Idea
By ToughHoBo on 4/9/2009 4:29:07 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is a bad idea.
Could you imagine if we expanding this naming scheme and started naming our rover the Burger King Rover. This makes it very unattractive. Why slap a $3Million logo onto something that cost over $100 million to create. I fear people outside our nation would see the false sense that Burger funded the operation. Afterall it is ISS.




Ultimate Bling
By TimberJon on 4/9/2009 10:14:58 AM , Rating: 2
Every wealthy rapper will definately want their name up there. Why? BLING!
A) It's shiny.
B) It's white, like most exotic cars they collect.
C) It provides that something unique they all want that nobody has OR will ever get.
D) Provides something both new and boring to rap about.

Epic winner yo




Colbert is annoying
By phxfreddy on 4/12/2009 9:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
I can not turn the channel quickly enough when I see Colberts face.




Just call it...
By spuddyt on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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