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NASA In Colbert Conundrum Over Space Station

kdawson posted about 5 years ago | from the doing-the-right-thing dept.

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After Stephen Colbert won the vote in NASA's contest to name a new module on the International Space Station, NASA found itself in a tough spot. According to Reuters, "Contest rules stipulate that the agency retains the right to basically do whatever it wants," but it may not be all that easy. At first NASA floated the idea of naming the new module's toilet "Colbert." But Last Thursday Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., urged the agency to respect the people's wishes. And Colbert turned up the heat on yesterday's weekly show: "So NASA, I urge you to heed Congressman Fattah's call for democracy in orbit. Either name that node after me, or I too will reject democracy and seize power as space's evil tyrant overlord. Ball's in your court."

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Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414237)

I'm sorry, if NASA wants to give in, then fine, but at this point Colbert has reached the level of 4Chan for these pranks.

First he changes Wikipedia, then he gets a bridge in Hungary named after him, now a Space Station module.

There is NO reason why NASA should bother, and I'm getting bloody sick of his internet vandalism.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Insightful)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | about 5 years ago | (#27414255)

You have no sense of fun at all.

Enjoy his humor for what it is and play with it (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414643)

Enjoy his humor for what it is and play with it. Name the toilet after him.

      I'm off to take a "Colbert", back in 20 min.

      Hey, do you have a portable "Colbert"? My Depends box is empty.

I can't believe I bothered to write this. What a waste of effort, bandwidth and humor.

NASA shouldn't name the entire node after anyone that isn't famous for doing good deeds for space. Heck, Jimmy Doolittle would be an excellent choice as the father of avionics.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414667)

So what's fun then? Perhaps you've forgotten about his exhorting of Saginaw Spirit fans to throw GM quarterly reports onto the ice during their playoff game versus the Oshawa Generals (oh, you don't remember that, much less know what the OHL is? Well, there's your "he's giving them publicity!" argument)? I guess disrupting the game by throwing crap onto the field of play is your idea of fun. Well, all right then. But let me tell you that the people who do that are about the most despicable class of hooligan fuckwads you could hope to find at a sport.

Guess I've got no sense of fun, then.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414789)

I am also aware that the Generals' fans threw teddy bears. Of course, this has no bearing on my point, and those people are equally as bad, but I'm just getting it out of the way because I'm sure some idiot's going to post that fact as though it were somehow a refutation.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414925)

All I've learned from this is that Chaka Fattah is willing to get pretty trivial in order to get some time in the spotlight.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Funny)

tpgp (48001) | about 5 years ago | (#27414267)

I'm getting bloody sick of his internet vandalism.

Me too! He should be forced to scrub his vandalism off & return the Internet to its original pure / virginal white.

OMG Ponies (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414307)

April fools?

Re:OMG Ponies (4, Funny)

dna_(c)(tm)(r) (618003) | about 5 years ago | (#27414405)

I think the prank is this hideous green/gray color scheme. Where is that pink one we're accustomed to and learned to love?

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (3, Funny)

Hasney (980180) | about 5 years ago | (#27414315)

I know, before he came along the internet was just a load of facts and Wikipedia especially, was 100% accurate.

I also heard that Colbert founded the RIAA. How dare he :(

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 5 years ago | (#27414337)

Links? What did he do on wikipedia? Why did they name the bridge after him?

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Informative)

LordKronos (470910) | about 5 years ago | (#27414519)

What did he do on wikipedia?

Colbert saved the African elephant from extinction. He did this by virtue of his theory that whatever happens to be on wikipedia represents the truth. He urged his viewers to vandalize the wiki entry for elephants to say that the elephant population had tripled over the last 6 month, so that once it was vandalized it would now be the truth and the elephants would be saved. Here is park of the history of the page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elephant&offset=20060801170519&limit=500&action=history [wikipedia.org]

Why did they name the bridge after him?

Actually, he didn't get it named after him. Some country (Hungary, I think) had a contest to name a bridge. Colbert urged viewers to spam the contest with his name, and he won. However, they said they would only use his name if:
1) he could demonstrate he was fluent in Hungarian, and
2) he was dead.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (2, Funny)

Mephistro (1248898) | about 5 years ago | (#27414801)

...they said they would only use his name if: 1) he could demonstrate he was fluent in Hungarian, and 2) he was dead.

After what I'm reading here about this guy, I think that we all slashdotters should help him getting his name on the bridge. Of course we should follow strictly the rules given by the hungarians. :)

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414675)

Links? What did he do on wikipedia? Why did they name the bridge after him?

Because, like his 'career', it's a bridge too far.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | about 5 years ago | (#27414391)

I'm getting bloody sick of his internet vandalism.

Get back to the dungeons of wikipedia where you belong, and don't forget to polish the jackboots from your Fahrenheit 451 Fireman's uniform.

Name the station "Colbert".

The publicity will only do NASA good. It will help popularize space funding amongst an audience of political science students -- and likely future politicians, as well as a whole bunch of other people who simply don't care. Stephen is a friend of NASA, his audience isn't comprised of space geeks on the whole. Having Stephen get them interested in Space is a damned good thing. There is no loss in naming the station after him, no especial advantage in naming it serenity or anything else, but there is a substantial gain in naming it Colbert -- it just makes sense.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414577)

The publicity will only do NASA good. It will help popularize space funding amongst an audience of political science students -- and likely future politicians, as well as a whole bunch of other people who simply don't care.

No, it won't.

Having Stephen get them interested in Space is a damned good thing.

Absolutely nobody from Colbert's audience is getting interested in space from this prank. He is getting people interested in fucking with the results some internet poll for the purpose of fucking up the results of some internet poll.

Except that it kills Republican votes. (2, Insightful)

tjstork (137384) | about 5 years ago | (#27414911)

The thing is, Republicans tend to be bigger spenders on space than Democrats, particularly manned space flight. Democrats tend to argue that putting people in space is a luxury and we should be spending money on the poor, or, pursue unmanned flights for the science.

Republicans tend to argue that manned space flight is a national security thing. It doesn't hurt the cause that two of the largest Nasa facilities are in traditionally Republican areas - Texas and Florida.

IF you name this station after a liberal, you may as well push the dang thing into the atmosphere,for all the support that it will get.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (1, Flamebait)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 5 years ago | (#27414461)

I'm getting bloody sick of his internet vandalism.

And the rest of us continue to be amused by the notion that there are still people who think that a user-generated encyclopedia can ever be anything except a punchline.

Now, shoo! Run! Your jimmy-phone is ringing: somebody just changed a link in your Monty Python Filmography to a Rick Astley video, and only *YOU* can save us!

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414671)

You are retarded.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 5 years ago | (#27414795)

You are retarded.

Oh, dear. I'm afraid your contribution violates our site's policy regarding Neutral Point of View and Verifiability. As a punishment, your account will be suspended for thirty days and you must wash my car.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (5, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | about 5 years ago | (#27414485)

NASA should say "I for one welcome space's evil tyrant overlord."

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (2, Informative)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#27414551)

Colbert was disqualified because he's not dead.

The bridge is called Megyeri Bridge.

Re:Fuck Colbert, tell him to get his own Station (4, Funny)

mbrod (19122) | about 5 years ago | (#27414559)

Just like NASA, you are where fun goes to die.

WWOOOSSSHHHH!!! KKRRCK-BOOOOMM!!!! (4, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | about 5 years ago | (#27414633)

That is the sound of the significance of this event breaking the sound barrier as it passes over your head.

Colbert is a satirist. His job is to lampoon the establishment, popular culture, fad, etc, etc. He has just lampooned public voting competitions, which have been in vogue of late. Internet, SMS, email, telephone based, it doesn't matter. The bottom line is that these "votes" are little more than popularity contests decided by people with too much free time and little else to do with it. Colbert has simply shown how inherently vulnerable these votes are to manipulation. PZ Myers [pbs.org] has been doing this sort of thing for years.

Public poll competitions are a thinly disguised publicity stunt. Frequently, they simply demean and trivialize the event they are promoting. In the case of NASA, this poll has been a farce from day one. Even before Colbert, justifiably, entered the competition, the top contender for the module's name was "Serenity", an obvious reference to a recent sci-fi/fantasy show.

This was a billion dollar module meant for serious scientific research and NASA, itself a multi-billion dollar publicly funded institution, had chosen as it's first choice of name, that of a fictional spaceship from some bubblegum space opera made for teenagers, which pays only lip service to scientific fact and theory. This was a (supposedly) serious scientific and educational organization about to name a space station component after something that has never and can never exist. The level of unprofessionalism beggars belief.

What is anyone supposed to think of NASA after such a stunt? Is the whole organisation composed of people who base their ideas on TV shows and loopy ideas instead of hard theory? Considering the organization's continued stance on the Space Elevator concept, despite its proven absurdity over the course of over 50 years, I would have to say that, yes NASA is composed of juveniles who have their heads in the clouds and no idea how to get their actual bodies up there.

For get "Xenu". "Serenity" was and is the real problem. Frankly, Colbert has stepped in and dignified the proceedings by finally putting and end to the debacle. NASA will save itself a lot of face in the long run by naming the module "Colbert" as a reminder of their own folly. Naming it "Serenity" would be a permanent stain on whatever dignity the organization is supposed to have.

And organisation that allows idle tweenagers, teenagers and twenagers to name space modules, rockets, or satellites is an organisation that has no right to send such things into orbit.

Re:WWOOOSSSHHHH!!! KKRRCK-BOOOOMM!!!! (1)

powerlord (28156) | about 5 years ago | (#27414889)

Frankly, Colbert has stepped in and dignified the proceedings by finally putting and end to the debacle.

ROFL. Thanks, I needed a good laugh today.

While Colbert may be bringing the idea of "Internet voting" into question, the idea that he "dignified the proceedings" is rediculous.

The only thing he's ever dignified was the White House Press Corp Dinner, and look how well that turned out.

As for naming the new ISS module "Colbert", I agree with the AC up top, let the "Colbert Nation" put their own station in orbit (ought to be worth at least a weeks worth of jokes as he details the process of creating the station before it is finally "scaled back" due to budget considerations to something launched off a model rocket).

Would be Great PR. (5, Insightful)

arthurpaliden (939626) | about 5 years ago | (#27414271)

If NASA were smart they would name the thing "Colbert" and encurage the chap to do a "ISS Report" or similar NASA/space oriented report on his show at regular intervals. Keep space research in front of the people. Even to the point of reporting on NASA's own humorous internal mistakes/problems/gaffs with actual data supplied by NASA. National / International attention and it costs them nothing.

Re:Would be Great PR. (2, Insightful)

bhima (46039) | about 5 years ago | (#27414409)

Given the Nature of the Colbert Report, I think they'd get a lot more millage out naming the toilet of him. I think his fans would really enjoy their artificial outrage... or at least I know I would.

Besides, I voted for Serenity

Re:Would be Great PR. (5, Funny)

EdZ (755139) | about 5 years ago | (#27414529)

Name the node Colbert, but pronounce it with a hard 't' (i.e. cohl-burt).

Re:Would be Great PR. (2, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | about 5 years ago | (#27414413)

If NASA were smart they would name the thing "Colbert" and encurage the chap to do a "ISS Report" or similar NASA/space oriented report on his show at regular intervals. Keep space research in front of the people. Even to the point of reporting on NASA's own humorous internal mistakes/problems/gaffs with actual data supplied by NASA. National / International attention and it costs them nothing.

While I don't disagree with the idea, aren't they pretty much getting this for free from Colbert already? Sure, there isn't a regular segment, but he definitely does report a fair bit on the goings on at NASA.

Re:Would be Great PR. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414459)

But Nasa is not really not short of finance ... if you get my meaning

If NASA were smarter.... (1)

Kenneth Stephen (1950) | about 5 years ago | (#27414967)

....they would refuse to give into the Colbert, and the resulting broohaha will give them publicity that money simply can't buy. The fly in the ointment, of course, is that now the congressman who can impact their funding, is on Colbert's side, so they wouldn't want to piss him off. Of course, he may be a smart congressman too, and may be after the publicity that results from Nasa not giving in - it would certainly raise his public profile.

So its come to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414277)

A vote for serenity is a vote for dictatorship!

April 1st just gets funnier and funnier. (1)

UbuntuLinux (1242150) | about 5 years ago | (#27414283)

More prank stories, please!

Re:April 1st just gets funnier and funnier. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414303)

Except that this one probably isn't a prank.

popularity in a TV show != elected to represent (0)

pmarini (989354) | about 5 years ago | (#27414311)

well, after the Reagan years, I still wonder how comedians can pretend to have to subvert the thoughts of a few millions of people with these jokes...
on a more serious note, all those people entered a competition and they have to play by the rules as anyone else... if NASA said they have the final word and also that suggestions from the public were welcome as long as they were in harmony (pun intended) with the project, then get lost Colbert... stop these "free" publicity stunts or else... run for local elections...

Re:popularity in a TV show != elected to represent (1)

Xabraxas (654195) | about 5 years ago | (#27414599)

It would be such a waste for NASA not to use "Colbert". If he won the contest it just proves that he has more fans than NASA. They would be smart to take advantage of the publicity especially considering most people don't care too much about space exlporation during an economic crisis. It would probably be better for Colbert if they don't name it after him though. NASA will be a new punchline.

NASA fans=geeks, Colbert fans=geeks, NP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414317)

Nuff said?

Besides... the people that don't know who Colbert is will think the name is fancy, what with the silent "t" and all.

NASA could use this positively.. (0, Redundant)

brxndxn (461473) | about 5 years ago | (#27414321)

I am NOT a big fan of Colbert. I think he's funny - but also an idiot. But, NASA should think twice about a generation that grew up watching Daily Show and Colbert - and gained a cynical attitude of everything the Government does.

NASA needs to offer something. Hell.. why not name it after Colbert? They could offer to go ahead and name it after Colbert - if he maybe does a few segments about NASA in a positive light.

There are some of us younger (well I think younger at 27) people that think NASA is the last place government should cut funding..

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414421)

I am NOT a big fan of Colbert. I think he's funny - but also an idiot.

That's his punchline. He's playing the fool intentionally, and will take it to any extreme he thinks he can get away with.

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414621)

Unfortunately, his charade ceased being funny about 15 minutes into the first episode.

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (1, Troll)

Lumpy (12016) | about 5 years ago | (#27414513)

NASA should think twice about a generation that grew up watching Daily Show and Colbert - and gained a cynical attitude of everything the Government does.

have you had your head in the sand?

My fathers generation grew up cynical of anything the Government did. Most of the bullshit they pulled in the 60's and 70's did that to a huge swath of the population.

The last administration even did it to rabid republicans. WITHOUT the effect of Colbert and John Stewart.

Honestly, if you think that the world is better off with everyone in a government worshiping and unquestioning state of mind, you really need to move to China or North Korea.

Those that think on their own will ALWAYS suspect what the government does. It's a bunch of rich guys there looking out for themselves and their buddies. Cripes the Civil war had nothing to do with slavery and Abraham Lincoln did not have anything against slavery but used it as a tool to sway popular opinion.

I really suggest you learn about politics, because your disdain against government cynicism is borderline frightening to the rest of us.

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (1)

Cube Steak (1520237) | about 5 years ago | (#27414679)

Cripes the Civil war had nothing to do with slavery

Let me guess, it was only about "northern aggression", right? Historical revisionism, lol.

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (0)

Hungus (585181) | about 5 years ago | (#27414857)

Can you explain then why Lincoln only freed the slaves in the southern states? The war was about states rights and economy. Of course slavery was intertwined with the economy but to think it had anything to so with the slaves themselves is historic revisionism. Remember an escaped slave in the north could still be arrested and sent back.

- Hungus

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (1)

powerlord (28156) | about 5 years ago | (#27414949)

Cripes the Civil war had nothing to do with slavery

Let me guess, it was only about "northern aggression", right? Historical revisionism, lol.

No, it was about economics, the same as most of the rest of the wars.

Re:NASA could use this positively.. (1)

drewvr6 (1400341) | about 5 years ago | (#27414631)

He is suppose to play the idiot so as to fool the other idiots. I see it's worked.

NASA (5, Insightful)

Ferret96 (1293480) | about 5 years ago | (#27414327)

I understand why NASA put a clause into the rules stating that it can do whatever it wants... There needs to be a way out in case some yahoos try to name the station something inappropriate, however there is nothing wrong with Colbert. It's one thing to put the literature into the rules to make sure that the name of the new module isn't "Enola Bay" and another thing to just change the name on a whim because a few people at NASA were hoping on "Serenity". Sounds a little petty to me.

Re:NASA (4, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | about 5 years ago | (#27414607)

I wouldn't be surprised if they justify things by saying simply that the people that were actually interested in naming the module, voted Serenity, and that was the point of the vote, not to see who could dig up the most voters for unrelated reasons. Really, they didn't vote to name the module after Colbert, they voted to do what Colbert asked them to do, with absolutely no interest in what it was.

Based on that it would seem like a good compromise to name the module Serenity, yet name some significant part or component of the module after Colbert.

Because really in 2 months very few of those that voted Cobert are going to care one way or the other about it, they'll have already moved on to Colbert's next PR stunt. There's no reason for the rest of the planet to be stuck with the stunt's legacy. The people that voted Serenity do care and have an interest in its future.

This is probably the first time I have EVER seen anything even remotely approaching a good justification-by-example for the electoral college.

Re:NASA (1, Troll)

v1 (525388) | about 5 years ago | (#27414691)

Actually with slightly more retrospect on this, I think the entire group that wrote in Colbert shouldn't even count. They didn't vote. They did what Colbert asked them to do. Someone that actually votes is expressing an opinion on an issue. This group that wrote in Colbert weren't expressing their opinion, they were just doing what he asked them to to. If he had asked them to write in "MrColbert" instead of "Colbert", then MrColbert would have won. None of them had any actual interest in "Colbert" being the elected name.

("beware the power of stupid people in large groups")

Re:NASA (3, Insightful)

Binestar (28861) | about 5 years ago | (#27414807)

They voted. Colbert just did good campaigning. Or do you think people who see a campaign ad and vote based on that aren't valid votes either?

Space Tyrant? (1)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | about 5 years ago | (#27414343)

Bad: Colbert takes over outer space. Good: Keifer Sutherland leads a ragtag band of monsters in a tale of self-discovery with plenty of hijinks on the side.

Sounds like NASA's in need of a good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414345)

/.ing!

NASA should be grateful. (4, Funny)

Telecommando (513768) | about 5 years ago | (#27414347)

They're lucky the winner was Colbert.

Imagine what it could have been named if the 'b-tards' over at 4-chan got involved.

Re:NASA should be grateful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414463)

Battletoad. I'd take either.

Re:NASA should be grateful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414491)

b3ta is not a part of 4chan even if certain elements are shared, just fyi

Lucky the Indians didn't write in... (3, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about 5 years ago | (#27414617)

With more than a billion potential voters, they could have voted for it to be named after a Dikshit.
Businessman Anurag Dikshit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anurag_Dikshit [wikipedia.org]
or politician Sheila Dikshit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Dikshit [wikipedia.org]
Hey, if it was named the "Dikshit" module of the ISS, it would never be mentioned in the news (except in India, of course).

Re:NASA should be grateful. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414759)

They're lucky the winner was Colbert.

Imagine what it could have been named if the 'b-tards' over at 4-chan got involved.

The b-tards DID get involved. Why do you think the second most common write-in was "Xenu"?

Re:NASA should be grateful. (4, Interesting)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 5 years ago | (#27414861)

So what you're saying is that the 2 most powerful groups on the Internet are Stephen Colbert fans and 4chan users. Let us hope that they never come to virtual blows or it'll be the Internet Apocalypse! (Or at least very entertaining.)

Why give it away? Should have sold sponsorship! (4, Insightful)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about 5 years ago | (#27414395)

More proof, if any were needed, that NASA is totally clueless about external communication & PR.
Any kind of PR pro would have predicted this - its not like it has never happened before in public naming competitions and even elections.

So, suck it up guys. As another poster has pointed out, play the game and make it work for you.

What I cannot understand, though is why, in these cash-strapped times, they did not auction the name off? Could have raised some much-needed funds.

Re:Why give it away? Should have sold sponsorship! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414445)

Global Crossing?

Worldcom?

Enron?

Or the eventual bid winner with a last minute snipe...

The Pirate Bay!

Re:Why give it away? Should have sold sponsorship! (4, Funny)

tburkhol (121842) | about 5 years ago | (#27414507)

What I cannot understand, though is why, in these cash-strapped times, they did not auction the name off? Could have raised some much-needed funds.

I imagine that's just what Blagojevich said to his advisers just before putting Obama's senate seat up for auction.

Front page story on Slashdot? REALLY?!? (0, Troll)

ActusReus (1162583) | about 5 years ago | (#27414397)

Yes, I realize that it's kdawson... but still.

Re:Front page story on Slashdot? REALLY?!? (1)

Enry (630) | about 5 years ago | (#27414525)

You'd rather have OMGPONIES?

Re:Front page story on Slashdot? REALLY?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414605)

You'd rather have OMGPONIES?

Who wouldn't?

Tough spot? (5, Insightful)

Scutter (18425) | about 5 years ago | (#27414399)

Even after reading the article, I still fail to grok what the "tough spot" is. Is it just that they don't want to name it "Colbert"? That's not a tough spot, that's just obstinance.

Re:Tough spot? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414523)

Even after reading the article, I still fail to grok what the "tough spot" is.

I have a solution for that tough spot. Let me introduce you to my friend:

I'M BILLY MAYS AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU ABOUT OXYCLEAN!"

lol until here.... (1)

interested pyro (1499899) | about 5 years ago | (#27414425)

seize power as space's evil tyrant overlord. Ball's in your court.

until this part, i totally believed this article.
ok go ahead and mark me as flamebait or troll. I'm just saying what i read and interpreted. I still really can't believe that people voted for Colbert. GO COLBERT!!!


next thing thats gonna happen is the ISS is being called the CSS: Colbert Space Station XD

Something similar happened in The Netherlands (4, Informative)

cerberusss (660701) | about 5 years ago | (#27414449)

Something similar happened in The Netherlands, although on a smaller scale. Some company ran a contest to name a new type of potato chips (en-uk crisps) and internetters voted en masse for the name "WithoutStyle", after the similarly named blog [geenstijl.nl]. In the end, the company bended to the pressure, although for a short time only.

Appropriate, in an utterly disgusting way (-1, Troll)

dfenstrate (202098) | about 5 years ago | (#27414451)

By all means, let's spend millions of dollars of taxpayer money on part of a Space Station, and then name it after some smarmy partisan hack on a comedy show.

It's a perfect reflection on how our public policy isn't serious about anything, and the government certainly isn't run by adults. Everything's a big f*cking joke. Power-mad politicians are grabbing authority over everything in sight. Everything that's good and decent is mocked by articulate moral infants with cocked eyebrows (Such as Colbert and Stewart).

Why should the ISS be any different? Screw it. It's all a joke, a sick joke, and a nation as feckless and emotional as ours deserves nothing better than a goddamn joke on one of our finer accomplishments.

Re:Appropriate, in an utterly disgusting way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414497)

Someone pee in your coffee this morning?

Colbert's involvement got them way more exposure than they otherwise would have seen. They should roll with it and continue the visibility.

Re:Appropriate, in an utterly disgusting way (4, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 5 years ago | (#27414557)

Why should the ISS be any different? Screw it. It's all a joke, a sick joke, and a nation as feckless and emotional as ours deserves nothing better than a goddamn joke on one of our finer accomplishments.

Better a joke than stupid hero worship (I'm looking at you, Reagan International Airport). At least a joke name indicates that there is some thought going on.

Seriously, why shouldn't we honor someone who has helped millions of young Americans (1) enter the political discussion and (2) become aware of government folly. Colbert's more important to the zeitgeist than Serenity, that's for sure.

Re:Appropriate, in an utterly disgusting way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414833)

Seriously, why shouldn't we honor someone who has helped millions of young Americans (1) enter the political discussion and (2) become aware of government folly.

I think a lot of you are seriously overstating Colbert's contribution to society.

Re:Appropriate, in an utterly disgusting way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414637)

Oh please, get over yourself. It is a name. A NAME! That is all. As if ANY of NASA's naming has ANY meaning whatsoever anyway, its all non-sequiturs, nothing to do with what the piece of equipment does. Oh my God, NASA had an open poll to name something and people didn't vote for something SERIOUS! WOES THE WORLD! It's all a joke! Waaah! WE NEED TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, IT IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!

Fine its called Colbert (2, Funny)

Kryptic Knight (96187) | about 5 years ago | (#27414469)

the NASA requirement is that the person who it is named after has to affix the signage.

they have 1 year to comply (a their own expense).

he.he.he ..

Fatah is a moron (0, Troll)

MaggieL (10193) | about 5 years ago | (#27414537)

Chaka Fatah is proving once again what a moron he is.

Re:Fatah is a moron (2, Funny)

mbrod (19122) | about 5 years ago | (#27414581)

Chaka Fatah is proving once again what a moron he is.

It's "Fattah"... moron.

Re:Fatah is a moron (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414841)

It's "Fattah"... moron.

It's "moran" you idiot... don't you read digg?

That'll learn 'em (1)

808Lupine (226972) | about 5 years ago | (#27414587)

That's what you get when you give a large, disorganized group the right to make a decision. They will likely make the one choice you didn't want. Frankly, they're lucky not to have the thing named with some sort of phallic euphemism one would expect from a classroom full of 12-year-old boys.

Stop asking the "interwebs" their useless opinion on something, and use it as an opportunity for raising the funds necessary to do what they want to do. This is a perfect opportunity for product placement and naming rights.

Sell the naming rights to, say, AIG or General Motors or Chrysler, for several billion dollars they have lying around, and allow them to install some sort of immensely powerful, solar-charged LED signage viewable on the planet's surface by anyone with a cheap pair of binoculars. They could, in turn, sell advertising on the sign to others, creating the first space-based branding/advertising medium.

Goodyear would likely jump on this in a heartbeat.

Serenity as option two? (2, Insightful)

Agrivane (150553) | about 5 years ago | (#27414661)

Didn't Serenity get a lot of votes because of its fan-base as well?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379786/ (the film)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_(Firefly_vessel) (from the TV show)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_(film)

Probably not so much because of:
http://www.serenity-band.com/ (the Austrian Metal band)

While the relief a toilet can enable, and that quiet time alone (hopefully it's a room with a view of the planet) could be described as Serenity, I doubt that is what voters were thinking.

Why is this a conundrum? (1)

cffrost (885375) | about 5 years ago | (#27414711)

NASA shouldn't have solicited the public if they weren't prepared to observe the result; it's not as though something like "FUCK CHINA" or "WET SNATCH" had been chosen.

I'd predict that giving the module a popular name would buy NASA some goodwill with the TV-watching demographic, and some public/media interest. If it turns out to be a PR disaster, NASA should rename the module at that time.

Finally, IMO Colbert has earned recognition for the free publicity he's already given to NASA.

who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414755)

Who the hell is stephen colbert?

Who is this Colbert Guy ? (1)

lfourrier (209630) | about 5 years ago | (#27414763)

The first Colbert suggested by wikipedia is :
Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619 -> 1683), French minister of finance under King Louis XIV

This state servant was one of the primary artisan of the present French situation, where we have national or quasi-national big corps, with very tight links with the central administration.
Colbertism, named after him, is a form of mercantilism where the good of the nation is only really the good of the ruling class.

Perhaps this historical view is not completely irrelevant for NASA...

Now, for international observers, perhaps your TV host is famous in the US, but US is not the world.

Good thing NASA is American then (1)

bebemochi (772144) | about 5 years ago | (#27414829)

And that his full name was given in the summary: Stephen Colbert [wikipedia.org]. (Sorry to snark, because I'm an American who lives in Europe [France even], but honestly...)

Re:Who is this Colbert Guy ? (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 5 years ago | (#27414941)

Now, for international observers, perhaps your TV host is famous in the US, but US is not the world.

You would be the "international observer," Bunky. Slashdot is a US site which maintains a US perspective [slashdot.org].

Stephen Colbert is an American satirist who frequently pokes fun at the French for their pompousness, lack of humor, and nationalism. So, mer-see bow-coo for reminding us how much truth there is in his parodies...

If Serenity got %70 of the vote (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about 5 years ago | (#27414775)

Maybe they should go with that it may give the Fox execs the boot up the ass to re-launch the series. But then again if you boot a Fox exec up the ass is he going to know where you hit him????

Add a condition to calling it colbert (1)

Digital G (16017) | about 5 years ago | (#27414791)

Just tell him if he would truly like it named after himself, he needs to be there, in person, to officially open and dedicate the module.

Democracy Must Prevail! (1)

Gauntt (1419065) | about 5 years ago | (#27414815)

They have really backed themselves into a corner... They have to name the module Colbet.

But its not a bad thing. This is all publicity for the space station.

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