Voters like Stephen Colbert's name on space station
Anyone watching Tuesday night's episode of Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report no doubt saw his ongoing plea to NASA's space station operations manager William Gerstenmaier to name the latest addition to the international space station after him. Funny, right? Well guess what? It may happen.
NASA is holding an online contest at www.nasa.gov to name the component, currently referred to as Node 3, suggesting Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture, plus a line for voters to suggest their own name. Colbert has asked his fans since March 4 to vote for his name as a possibility.
As of mid-Tuesday, Colbert had amassed 115,000 of 451,000 total votes, taking the lead over Serenity, which had 98,641. Voting ends March 20. Mysteriously, result totals were then made unavailable by the afternoon. Seems someone at NASA doesn't have a sense of humor.
Does that mean Stephen's name is headed to the heavens? Don't bet on it: The legalese for the contest says the voting results "are not binding on NASA and NASA reserves the right to ultimately select a name." Serenity it is, then.