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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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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
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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