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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 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

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.

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