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NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the running-man dept.

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willith writes "The SF Chronicle reports on the results of the International Space Station Node 3 naming contest (which we previously discussed). Comedian and fake-pundit Stephen Colbert conducted a bombastic write-in campaign and repeatedly urged his show's fan base (the 'Colbert Nation') to stuff the ballot box with his name, which resulted in 'Colbert' coming in first in the write-in contest with almost a quarter-million votes. Although the Node 3 component will not be named 'Colbert' — NASA has instead chosen to call it 'Tranquility' — one of the Node 3 components will bear the honor: the second ISS treadmill, which will be installed in Node 3, will be named the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill. The formal announcement was made on the air yesterday at 22:30 EDT on the Colbert Report by astronaut Sunita Williams."

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383 comments

Well, hm... (1)

prlucas (1297611) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584857)

I truly do not know what to think about this.

Re:Well, hm... (5, Insightful)

RemoWilliams84 (1348761) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584961)

This is probably the best thing they could have done. By naming the treadmill after him, they didn't have to name the whole module after him and they still get good publicity from Colbert's show.

Re:Well, hm... (4, Insightful)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585573)

Worlds greatest backronym. The Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill. Much better than the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

Re:Well, hm... (4, Insightful)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585293)

I think it's great. It shows that NASA can take a joke, even a rigged election, and give it a nod. Which is what they have done. Other than naming the module after him, which would have been great too, they acknowledged Colbert with out making a big deal out of it.

Re:Well, hm... (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585367)

Well for one, I was a bit disappointed, but now that I have had some time to consider it, the practice of ballot stuffing is very uncool. Colbert, through his exaggerated behavior, attempts to show the common stupidity of thought and practice we witness every day. This isn't the first time he sought to illustrate this. The most significant that comes to mind is the way he saved the elephants from extinction by having viewers stuff wikipedia. This is just more of the same.

And if you think that is merely "funny behavior" then look again at the way OOXML was passed as an ISO standard. Look again at the way many unpopular laws are passed as well (though usually, that is through other manipulative and underhanded methods). The point is that it is always bad to subvert or exploit the voting process when it is made available. And such actions should ALWAYS be protested.

This opens a whole new angle (5, Funny)

patmandu (247443) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584861)

Maybe we could get the toilets named RIAA or something?

Re:This opens a whole new angle (1)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584937)

This was the first post at my viewing threshhold - hilarious! Mod it up!

Re:This opens a whole new angle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584983)

We named the geek compound toilet slave RIAA -- Richard Isn't Afraid of Ass.

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda
Pants are optional

Re:This opens a whole new angle (3, Funny)

Vu1turEMaN (1270774) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585647)

Racketeering Infants Assault Assholes?
Rabid Imbittered Alien Anarchists?
Ragamuffins Inebriated After Angioplasty?
Radishes Interrupt Angry Americans?

Yea, we could totally make this a contest.

Tranquility? (5, Informative)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584863)

I thought serenity was the runner up?

Re:Tranquility? (1, Offtopic)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584911)

We need to change copyright laws...

Re:Tranquility? (1)

neowolf (173735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585185)

I really doubt it was a copyright issue. I also doubt that Joss would have any issues with it.

Re:Tranquility? (3, Insightful)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585421)

I doubt that Joss would have any say in the matter.

Re:Tranquility? (5, Interesting)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585059)

That was my reaction when I saw the show last night, too.

They not only decided to ignore the write-in winner, but also to ignore the winner amongst the 'finalist' names that NASA had selected.

Based on numbers reported from MSNBC [msn.com] :

  • Colbert : 'more than 230,000'
  • Serenity: about 190,000 (lost 'by more than 40,000 votes')
  • Myyearbook: 147,637
  • Gaia: 114,427

From that, we know that Tranquility is under 114,427 ... but we also know [nasa.gov] the relative percentages of the 4 that NASA proposed (which gives us: Earthrise : 24k; Legacy : 35k; Venture: 21k), the total number of votes, and that there were another 4 above Tranquility in the rankings ... even if there was a multi-way tie between Xenu/Socialvibe/Buddy/Ubuntu and Tranquility, and Synergy and Vision got negligible results ... Tranquility couldn't have gotten more than 86k votes.

Re:Tranquility? (4, Funny)

Dorkmaster Flek (1013045) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585265)

Scandalous! I propose we henceforth refer to this atrocity as NASA-gate!

Re:Tranquility? (5, Insightful)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585515)

WTF is Myyearbook?

Re:Tranquility? (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585083)

Maybe they figured out that everyone immediately jumped to Firefly when they heard Serenity, and they didn't want that association. On the other hand, I question the wisdom of giving it a name that already is hugely significant in the annals of space travel, since it was also the name of the Apollo 11 moon landing site, but what are you gonna do. Every name has some issue with it.

I would have liked them to name the commode after Colbert instead, but this is a pretty clever compromise on its own, and its in keeping with the government's practice of creating cumbersome acronyms for ordinary objects, so I guess it works.

Re:Tranquility? (1)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585155)

I seem to recall... "Tranquility Base, here. The Eagle has landed..."

It was Tranquility.

Re:Tranquility? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585189)

That's what I was referring to in the second sentence. My apologies if that wasn't clear.

Re:Tranquility? (4, Insightful)

srussia (884021) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585631)

What was wrong with "Node 3"?

Re:Tranquility? (-1)

Grave (8234) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585111)

Yeah, and going with the EIGHTH most popular choice seems to be just a major slap in the face from NASA. The station won't be up forever. It's only got another decade or so of life if it gets extended. Way to epic fail an understanding of PR, guys.

Re:Tranquility? (5, Insightful)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585203)

major slap in the face from NASA

I guess - if an online naming poll is really that big a deal - that this qualifies as a major slap in the face. My personal reaction runs more along the lines of "who the hell cares?"

Re:Tranquility? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585547)

I think we should call this Scandal STAR-gate

Your tax dollars at work (4, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584871)

How long did it take them to come up with the acronym "Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill"?

Re:Your tax dollars at work (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584925)

don't know but Colbert likes to run his mouth, nowadtranauts get to strapinto him and run. Probablywhile watching video rips of his show.

Re:Your tax dollars at work (4, Funny)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585381)

Need a hand fixing that space bar?

Awesome (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584945)

Less than five minutes? Seriously, it's a better use for my tax dollars than at least 60% of government spending.

It's not hard to come up with acronyms.

--ANONYMOUS nagging oxymorognic neogeodesic yuppie-man on universal soapbox COWARD of wayward and radical dichotomies.

Re:Your tax dollars at work (5, Funny)

icebrain (944107) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585113)

Probably not very long, really. The art of the TLA, and the related art of the backronym, are practiced in highly refined form by government agencies and the aerospace industry. NASA, being formed from the union of those sets, brings those arts very near to perfection. It's almost instinctual for them.

Re:Your tax dollars at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585523)

Plus there's some military heritage in NASA, and they are especially good at those arts, even better than the rest of government. It's a hat trick in there!

Re:Your tax dollars at work (3, Funny)

VShael (62735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585593)

Indeed. The same sort of people gave us the "USA PATRIOT" acronym, the "Internet SAFETY" acronym, and some day soon, no doubt, the "PIRATES ARE EVIL" acronym.

Re:Your tax dollars at work (5, Insightful)

Uksi (68751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585147)

All of ten minutes and it's basically free, massive publicity with almost no effort.

Do you think you would've known about this new ISS module if it weren't for Colbert?

Re:Your tax dollars at work (4, Funny)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585175)

Are you kidding? These guys have Professional Enhancing Name Introductory Services.

Re:Your tax dollars at work (2, Interesting)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585433)

C'mon, it's NASA. They spout well-formed (or at least tortured and over-extended) acronyms like a Tourette's sufferer curses*.

*Yes, I know, this is an extremely rare symptom, much more prominent in the stereotype of this disorder than justified by reality. Comedy is a cruel Muse, don't you think?

wow (1)

bbowers (596225) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584875)

haha... they pulled that one out of thin air.

Ignored (2, Interesting)

confused one (671304) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584879)

Basically they chose to ignore the poll. The name they chose, "Tranquility", was like in 8th place.

Which made it first place (4, Insightful)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584955)

Among all the choices that weren't being driven by bots or ballot stuffers.

Re:Which made it first place (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585043)

If you don't want people to vote often, perhaps you should produce a ballot box that doesn't permit stuffing. It's not rocket science, there's numerous implementations freely available, and whining about the will of the public doesn't change that. If NASA has proven that certain entries came from certain specific individuals and thus they have condensed their entries, let them announce as much. Otherwise they're just making themselves liars.

Re:Which made it first place (5, Informative)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585105)

Otherwise they're just making themselves liars.

How are they making themselves liars when the page had a big huge disclaimer on it that said they weren't bound by the results?

Re:Which made it first place (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585133)

How are they making themselves liars when the page had a big huge disclaimer on it that said they weren't bound by the results?

That made them liars up front when they were soliciting votes which mean nothing. I guess our national elections demonstrated that people would feel like a part of democracy even when the votes aren't counted, though...

Re:Which made it first place (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585261)

That made them liars up front when they were soliciting votes which mean nothing. I guess our national elections demonstrated that people would feel like a part of democracy even when the votes aren't counted, though...

You are comparing a non-scientific voting process with no provision to prevent ballot stuffing and which came with a disclaimer saying that the results weren't binding to an actual election? I think you've ventured away from the reservation on this one....

Re:Which made it first place (0, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585341)

I think you've ventured away from the reservation on this one....

I've never heard that one before, is it some kind of racist comment?

I'm not as worked up about this as I am about the national elections, because it was promised to be a mockery from the beginning. And really, it's from NASA, so it was double-guaranteed. They haven't had much credibility since shuttles started blowing up regularly. (Yes, I know that the whole situation is political.)

Re:Which made it first place (2, Informative)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585513)

I've never heard that one before, is it some kind of racist comment?

It's an English idiom, but a less common one. See here [wiktionary.org] .

Re:Which made it first place (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585541)

I've never heard that one before, is it some kind of racist comment?

Only if you are a card carrying member of the PC police.

because it was promised to be a mockery from the beginning. And really, it's from NASA, so it was double-guaranteed. They haven't had much credibility since shuttles started blowing up regularly

I really think you need to get some perspective. "Promised to be a mockery from the beginning"? Then why even bother posting in this article?

Re:Which made it first place (1)

navyjeff (900138) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585619)

Here's a reference. [urbandictionary.com] The second definition is the context I've heard most often.

Re:Which made it first place (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585149)

No need for people casting multiple votes. Just let a few thousand people watching TV overrun the few hundred geeks checking the NASA site daily for new polls.

Re:Which made it first place (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585195)

Last time I checked the masses paid the taxes.

Re:Which made it first place (5, Funny)

Chysn (898420) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585243)

> It's not rocket science

Is too!

Re:Which made it first place (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585177)

Seems like NASA learned a valuable lesson about the utter foolishness of using Internet polls to make any kind of even vaguely significant decision. I see nothing wrong with the direction they went, except for the fact that they decided to try and poll the Internet in the first place.

Re:Ignored (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585121)

Basically they chose to ignore the poll.

Which is something they reserved the right to do. Or did you not read the fine print?

Re:Ignored (1, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585163)

Basically they chose to ignore the poll. The name they chose, "Tranquility", was like in 8th place.

Easy solution: Next time I see a story of NASA putting something to a vote, I'll ignore it. Won't read, won't vote, won't care as it's not real as they'll ignore both the poll and the write-ins. Slashdot editors and everyone else feel free to do the same. I think this whole thing was very unserious and unprofessional and think less of NASA for it. Great anti-PR campaign, and all PR is definately not good PR for them.

Re:Ignored (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585467)

Where have you been? PR is pretty much *all* they've done since the 70's. Never has so much hype been generated over so many unremarkable low-orbit missions and yet-another-Viking probes.

Re:Ignored (1)

Animaether (411575) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585529)

I wholeheartedly agree!

Any serious and professional effort should respect the wishes of the voters - even if those voters were swayed by media coverage and the name voted most for is Kjella's Left Nut. /sarcasm

The only unprofessional part here is that NASA were so naive as to think that 'the public' whom they serve actually knows what's best. The only non-serious part here IS that very same public who just voted for teh lulz. Colbert (dur), Serenity (hi firefly), Myyearbook (what the..? oh I just googled. I guess a more vocal bunch than the mySpace kids, eh?), or Gaia (err.. Earth? Or that other not-mySpace thing, Gaia online? Boxxy is rocks, btw.)? Those were *serious* suggestions?

I may not agree with what the choice eventually became, but I, for one, am glad they exercised their right to completely ignore the poll. I just hope they've learned to not hold one quite so publicly again.

What about the browncoats? (1)

tedgyz (515156) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584887)

I thought the legit winner was Serenity.

Re:What about the browncoats? (0, Redundant)

neowolf (173735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585153)

This really pissed me off. The whole Colbert thing was a joke from the beginning, as I'm sure even Colbert would admit, but the winner of the contest among names CHOSEN BY NASA was "Serenity".

With the exception of naming the treadmill after Colbert- they COMPLETELY IGNORED their own poll. Way to go NASA- great way to generate public support. I'm sure people will really be eager to take part in your next naming poll, knowing that you will just ignore the results anyway.

Re:What about the browncoats? (1)

the4thdimension (1151939) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585533)

Everyone loves a nice poll, amirite?

Re:What about the browncoats? (1)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585595)

except they didn't completely ignore the poll. they may not have named the module colbert, but they did at least use the name (the winning one i might add) for a component in the module. and probably used it in a way that had even satisfied colbert and his fans by having a sense of humor about it.

Good for them! (1)

sherpajohn (113531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584893)

Nice to see NASA has a sense of humour. Or would that be humor for you folks south of the border?

Re:Good for them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584903)

Europe has borders?

Re:Good for them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585025)

Yes. For instance, the border between Poland and Ukraine.

Re:Good for them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585495)

Europe is a sphere, finite but without borders

Re:Good for them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585013)

Don't you have some extraneous e's to append to some words somewhere?

Obama Open Government (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584901)

So this is the CHANGE Obama promised? All of his open government talk was a load of shit? How DARE his administration put aside a poll of the AMERICAN PEOPLE and name the module whatever the hell they want! Communists!

Just Like Every Other Government Run Agency!! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584919)

They do what they want and not what the voters demand!! This is negative for NASA in my opinion.

Stupid (4, Insightful)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584933)

While I think it's cool that his name is appearing in the space station, I think it's idiotic for them to not name the node Colbert. They had a public vote for the name. They allowed write in suggestions. The write in suggestion won because a TV personality made sure to make it a big deal. Name the node Colbert and, maybe, that TV personality will keep NASA in people's minds. If people are thinking about NASA a lot, it will be easier for NASA to do business (get funding, recruit minds, etc., etc., etc.). It's just stupid for them to not name it what the people voted for. What does it cost them? Oh noes! The name of the node isn't something "proper" like Tranquility! Whatever. Such a stupid decision.

Re:Stupid (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584977)

Agreed across the board. However, NASA is operated by bureaucracy, what did you expect? Government to do the will of the people? Snicker snort.

Re:Stupid (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585029)

NASA represents America, son, not democracy!

Re:Stupid (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585047)

I agree that it is stupid to not name the node Colbert but I do like the compromise. What do you expect from the US government? Decide that what the people actually want isn't good for them so toss them a bone to distract them until they forget.

Re:Stupid (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585087)

But they never claimed that they would name the node after the #1 choice - they said they'd do a poll, and then decide themselves. Not totally ignoring the poll, obviously, but also not feeling bound by it no matter what, either.

And as I always say: all is fair if you predeclare. They didn't lie about it, so what's the problem?

Let me guess: you voted for "Colbert" (or possibly "Serenity" - or possibly both, multiple times), and you either didn't read the rules beforehand or somehow convinced yourself that they would go with the popular choice no matter what after all. But that's not NASA's problem, it's your problem.

What NASA did was entirely fair.

Re:Stupid (3, Interesting)

PriceIke (751512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585597)

Exactly what is the POINT of running a poll then, if they are going to pay no mind whatsoever to the results? I agree the "Colbert" voters were being tools, but the other entries on the list were perfectly acceptable and the winner of the poll, Serenity, is a perfectly appropriate name. It is also consistent with the NASA convention of naming things after particularly popular and inspirational science fiction vessels, as was the test shuttle Enterprise named for the starship Enterprise thanks to a massive write-in campaign by Trek fans. Naming the module Serenity would have shown that NASA still honors science fiction storytellers in the modern age, without whom the largest portion of interest in space and technology wouldn't be there.

Besides .. 'tranquility' IS SYNONYMOUS WITH 'serenity'. Same exact concept, but NASA wanted to use their own word, not the people's. This is NASA giving the middle finger to Serenity fans, no other way to interpret it. Dumb, dumb, stupid, idiot move, NASA. Way to be pricks for no good reason.

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585131)

Well said! Boo Nasa Boo!

"Madonna" as the name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585213)

So if "Madonna" was the write in winner based on a current song, then that's ok too? I respectfully disagree with naming something that represents the USA (and much of the world) as a peaceful undertaking with a snide, semi-humorous TV personality's name when they have nothing at all to do with space exploration or history.

"Serenity" is similarly unacceptable. Perhaps in another 25 years, it may become worthy, but I don't think so. I loved the show and the movie, BTW.

I've programmed GN&C for the shuttles using a language named "HAL/S" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL/S [wikipedia.org] on an AP101 computer. BTW, the "HAL" in the name is officially to honor Hal Laning, not some reference to the HAL-9000 from the movie 2001. Of course, whenever a name has multiple meanings and happens to play well with what the engineers like, then it has a greater chance of being used. Snide, sarcastic, humor against any current government isn't the way to win friends inside any US government organization.

Re:Stupid (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585331)

It's just stupid for them to not name it what the people voted for.

NASA does this. They ask for input/advice from the public, or from technical experts, or from scientific panels, but they're very serious about the word "input." That input does not seem to be considered binding or obligatory in any way, but is treated as one more bit of data by the actual decision making administrators. It may or may not be valued higher than gossip overheard in the elevator.

At least on the biological side of their scientific mission, this contributes to substantial animosity between the agency and the scientific community. To a much greater extent than NIH or NSF, NASA is considered an old boy's club and scientific review a formality rather than a mechanism for identifying good science.

Re:Stupid (1)

spacefiddle (620205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585601)

Have to agree. "We opened the name of the node up to the general public and pop culture, and are shocked and astonished that a proper, dignified, scientific name wasn't chosen."

not democracy in action. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27584981)

This is not democracy in action. And I mean that in a positive sense.

NASA asked for a public vote, and one person campaigned, hard, for a particular result. NASA said, clearly, on the website, that they were not bound by the result of the vote. For a democratic result, more people should have campaigned, more speeches, etc. etc.

They honored the result by naming a section after Colbert. Good on them.

history repeats itself eh? (5, Insightful)

rarel (697734) | more than 5 years ago | (#27584997)

So, fellow browncoats, we were on the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one though ;)

Props to NASA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585003)

We have to remember that this is an international and very respectable project. I'm glad to see that NASA can accommodate Colbert while still remaining 'classy'

A better decision than most... (5, Insightful)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585005)

To be fair, they DID say from the beginning that they reserved the right to pick a name themselves regardless of the poll's outcome.

I suspect that Colbert himself played a big role in this decision. He isn't going to drop out of character to say so, but Colbert-the-pundit is a character, and I imagine Colbert-the-person wasn't entirely comfortable saddling an "important" component of the space program (all ISS contempt aside) with the name of a comedy character. Their final decision still gave his character plenty of mileage -- "the treadmill is the really important part, the 'module' is just a box that the treadmill comes in" -- while preserving a bit of what many would perceive as decorum.

Re:A better decision than most... (4, Funny)

memorycardfull (1187485) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585151)

To be fair, they DID say from the beginning that they reserved the right to pick a name themselves regardless of the poll's outcome.

This is exactly the same idea behind the Electoral College.

Re:A better decision than most... (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585627)

Did anyone really expect them to pick 'Colbert'? I know I didn't. I expected they'd make a joke of it, pretty much like they did.

I did, however, expect them to pick the majority vote one from their own list. I'm really upset with them about this... It shows how detached they are from the public.

Where was the name suggested from? (1)

Wolvenhaven (1521217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585007)

Does anyone know if they are naming it Tranquility after past missions or was the name suggested from Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy?

Re:Where was the name suggested from? (1)

mikkl666 (1264656) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585237)

The Sea of Tranquility on the moon was the landing site of the Apollo 11 mission. I heard the name was chosen to honor that.

bear the honor (4, Funny)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585027)

one of the Node 3 components will bear the honor: the second ISS treadmill, which will be installed in Node 3, will be named the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill.

You better watch your back Article Summary writer. Colbert doesn't take kindly to your type of folk who honor bears.

Re:bear the honor (4, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585129)

PUT HIM ON NOTICE!!!

Re:bear the honor (1)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585289)

sig:// Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.

You're walking a fine line, Mr. MarkGriz. Phonetically I'm not sure that would fly.

Booo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585033)

They should have named the crapper after him instead.

More suiting

Perfect example (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585081)

This just is another perfect example of the flawless democratic process the USA is so proud of.

Just like the Alliance (1)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585123)

Gos Se NASA....

Serenity is what the module should be called.

Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze

We Browncoat's wont forget.

Re:Just like the Alliance (3, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585173)

Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze

Not enough emphasis on the duh, I think. What you just said is "Give me a cheeseburger and assrape me."

explanation here (5, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585159)

On the contest page, [nasa.gov] NASA has an explanation of why they chose the name 'Tranquility', as well as a little write-up of the COLBERT thing.

Re:explanation here (1)

Tsunayoshi (789351) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585311)

They named it after something lunar related!!!! I thought they named it after the server from EVE-Online...

As with everything else... (0, Troll)

Majestix (41486) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585169)

...democracy is thrown out when it suits. Its not like Colbert was an offensive name. I'd be insulted were i Colbert.

Re:As with everything else... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585263)

...democracy is thrown out when it suits. Its not like Colbert was an offensive name. I'd be insulted were i Colbert.

Who knows, it might have been his idea (or his writers') down to the acronym. *I* on the other hand, am insulted. Not surprised (look at the state of national elections in this country) but insulted. And I certainly think the less of NASA for tricking people into thinking that they were listening.

NASA screwed up (1)

viridari (1138635) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585199)

This could have been a real PR coup for NASA but they screwed up.

Lame (0)

mbrod (19122) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585231)

Would of been a brave move to let it be named Colbert. Which is why I am not surprised they didn't.

Bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585291)

what a bad name
http://quin.elbruto.es/

Democracy (1)

MazzThePianoman (996530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585301)

Nice to know the front lines of human-kind showed at least a little democracy.....

Browncoats getting the shaft... again! (1)

Ruvim (889012) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585379)

Why oh why? Why not Serenity? /// Can't Stop the Signal!

*sniff* *sniff* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27585599)

Oh, the smell of political compromise.

Don't have the fortitude to follow the poll results, nor the fortitude to call Colbert's joke the mockery of science that it is*, so they weasel out of it by naming some subsystem. Weak, but everyone gets to look OK.

*which doesn't mean it isn't funny.

Disappointment (1)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585605)

NASA has shown a blatant disregard for democracy. They should be bombed and invaded by the US military. Like right now.

'hot' (0, Troll)

Corson (746347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27585617)

waw, this is really 'important' news.
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