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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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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.

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By Suntan on 4/8/2009 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 3
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."


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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.

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