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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 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:

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.)


RE: Stupid
By Belard on 4/9/2009 4:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
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.

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