Mar
25
2009

One small vote for funny man; one giant goof for NASA

Spaced-out thinking?: Should NASA give away naming rights of our legacy to the highest vote-getter?
Spaced-out thinking?: Should NASA give away naming rights of our legacy to the highest vote-getter?Courtesy DrBaloney (adapted with NASA public domain photo)
I know it’s not rocket science but NASA may have made a huge blunder allowing write-in suggestions for naming a new room on the International Space Station (ISS). Urged on by Comedy Central’s popular political pundit, Stephen Colbert, fans of his satire show The Colbert Report have come through and given his name suggestion “Colbert” the most votes in the NASA contest that ended last Friday.

The name received nearly 20 percent of the total votes surpassing all four of NASA’s own selections (Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity, Venture), and several other write-in names.

Node 3 is set to be delivered by the Shuttle Endeavor in early 2010 and will provide room for many of the life support systems on the ISS. NASA was obviously hoping suggestions would be in a similar vein as the two previous nodes, Unity (Node 1) and Harmony (Node 2).

However, all is not lost. Since rules for the contest allow the space agency to scrub any and all suggestions and/or winning votes, it can select whatever name it deems most appropriate for the new addition. I’m not sure, but considering the current mood of the US populace regarding the shenanigans going on with AIG bonuses and the usual governmental ineptitude in dealing with things, NASA may want to be careful in their final ruling unless they want to deal with severe backlash from the vox populi.

Personally, I think the space agency should override the vote but what do you think? Should NASA honor the will of the majority and name Node 3 "Colbert"?

By the way, the second most popular write-in name was "MyYearBook" (????). I’m not even sure what that means but quoting the maitre d’ in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “I weep for the future.”

LINKS
NY Daily News story
NASA contest page

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

I don't get what's the big deal. Unity, Harmony, Colbert. They all seem to go together for me!!!

posted on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 1:31pm
A match Keel Kiwi's picture
A match Keel Kiwi says:

really, no big tragedy. Besides, if "Colbert" won, then doesn't that represent the vox populi? I say give the people what they want.

posted on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:14am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

This isn't Colbert's first attempt to get something named after himself. The following is from the Wikipedia site:

In 2006, after Colbert encouraged viewers to vote online to name a Hungarian bridge after him, he won the first round of voting with 17,231,724 votes.[6] The Ambassador of Hungary presented Mr. Colbert with a declaration certifying him as the winner of the second and final round of voting, though it was later announced that the bridge would be named the Megyeri Bridge.

posted on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 11:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they shuld get a new name

posted on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 3:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

more stuff should be named after him

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 3:50pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Please tread on me – here's an update on what ultimately has been agreed to that will bear Colbert's name in the ISS.

posted on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 10:40am

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