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.