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NASA rejects Colbert April 16, 2009

Posted by baldricman in astronomy, News.
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Some time ago, comedian Stephen Colbert began a campaign to garner as many votes as possible, to win the NASA online contest to find a name for a new room, or “node”, in the international space station. You can read about it at my earlier post here.

The great news is that he won, with a whopping 230,539 votes! The not-so-great news is that NASA have ignored the vote (which, to be fair, they warned us they might do…), and instead named the new module “Tranquility”, which interestingly was only the 8th most popular name, according to the online poll.



However, Stephen can rest easy knowing that he hasn’t been totally rejected: NASA has agreed on the name “Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill” (cute eh?) And at least the treadmill is an important piece of equipment on a space station, and one that will see frequent use. I guess Colbert may have won the race, but still didn’t get anywhere….

It could have been worse, thats for sure. Just imagine, the “Communal Operational Large Bulk Excrement Removal Toilet”…


1. Deems - April 16, 2009

Yeah that is a pity – poor Colbert – well much rather a Treadmill than a Toilet, eh? 🙂

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