Colbert Pulls Ahead in Node 3 Voting; NASA Likely to Ignore Results

Can NASA take a joke? Try space station Colbert
Associated Press

Instead of NASA’s suggested choices — Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise or Venture — the space station’s new addition may wind up with the name “Colbert.” The count by mid-Tuesday had votes for the comedian just shy of 115,000 and Serenity trailing at 98,641. More than 451,000 people have voted.

The to-be-named space station room, currently called Node 3, is scheduled to be delivered to the space station near the end of this year. It will have lots of big windows and a machine that will turn astronauts’ urine into drinking water.

The name Colbert doesn’t quite fit with NASA’s theme, said agency spokesman John Yembrick. Other U.S. rooms in the international orbiting outpost are named Unity, Harmony and Destiny. However, the space agency hasn’t made any decision and voting continues until March 20.

NASA has a legalistic out. Its contest rules say voting results “are not binding on NASA and NASA reserves the right to ultimately select a name” in keeping with its best interests.