I am proud to say that I contributed to naming of the node as Colbert!!
They said it had all gone wrong for Nasa when nearly a quarter of a million people voted to name the Space Station’s new node “Colbert”, following an appeal to viewers on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
But has it? Nasa officials received more than a million votes in total, and the contest to name the module has surely raised awareness of the orbiting outpost.
Nasa put forward “Serenity” as its favoured choice of name, but it came in a distant second after being backed by only 40,000 votes.
The new node is due to be taken up to the space station later this year. It will provide room for astronauts’ life support systems. Attached is a unique work area with six windows around the side and one on top.
Nasa isn’t saying much yet, but agency astronaut Sunita Williams is appearing on Stephen Colbert’s show tonight to announce the new name. Some have speculated that the new ISS module’s toilet might be named after Colbert.
Update: well, all that effort went to waste. The node was not named after Colbert after all :(