Will ISS Node Be Named "Colbert?" Probably... Not?
Comedian Stephen Colbert has campaigned to get various things
named after him... resulting in an eagle, a bridge in Hungary, and
an ice cream flavor all bearing the name "Colbert."
But in his latest campign, Comedy Central's late-night comic --
who parodies conservative talk shows -- aimed higher. Fox News
his write-in campaign to get NASA to name the International
Space Station's Node 3 after himself did, indeed, draw
230,000 votes, more than any other name. That includes "Serenity,"
the highest-ranked NASA suggestion, which came in 40,000 behind
To those who say "Serenity" is a more appropriate name -- the
other nodes are named "Unity" and "Harmony" -- Colbert retorts,
"Serenity? That's not a space station, that's an adult diaper."
NASA officials saw the vote getting out of hand weeks ago, and
reminded everyone it's non-binding. But pressure is building to
honor the outcome. Congressman Chaka Fattah, a Pennsylvania
Democrat, urged NASA to respect the results of the online poll.
Public pressure notwithstanding, NASA seems to be working on a
compromise. William Gerstenmaier, NASA's space operations chief,
said Saturday, "We have a plan and we're working with some folks.
And in a couple of weeks, you'll know what the answer is."
Fox reports its sources say NASA's compromise will be to name
Node 3's space toilet, "Colbert."
Regardless of the final outcome, the comedian has made his final
plea to NASA. "Either name that node after me, or I too will reject
democracy and seize power as space's evil tyrant overlord," he
said. "Ball's in your court."