April 15, 2009

NASA names very important piece of ISS after Colbert... a treadmill

Posted: 08:06 AM ET

What do you do when you're NASA and comedian Stephen Colbert wins your contest to name the new wing for the International Space Station? You name an orbital exercise machine after him.

he Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, is expected to keep astronauts in shape.

With the help of a legion of fans, Colbert got the most votes in the space agency's online poll soliciting names for Node 3, which will be called Tranquility after the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams revealed NASA's decision on "The Colbert Report," which aired on Comedy Central on Tuesday.

"Your name will be in space, in a very important place," Williams said as Colbert reacted in mock disgust to her announcement of the node's new name.


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Dave of Detroit   April 15th, 2009 8:21 am ET

Good for Steve-He can now officially announce that of all the talk shows and comedians, he is the only one certified by NASA to be "spaced out!' Jim Carey, eat your heart out!

Terry, TX   April 16th, 2009 8:20 am ET

I would have preferred the "Colbert Latrine".....Colbert "crap box"....

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