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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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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.


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