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WASHINGTON – NASA's online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.
The name "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options in the space agency's effort to have the public help name the addition. The new room will be launched later this year.
NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday.
NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters "the most consideration."
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Originally posted by peacejet
This is totally unfair and silly. The node is the most important component to date. It is supposed to offer a 360 degree view of the earth from inside the station. And I am very eagerly awaiting the day, the first image from the node comes back to earth and is available for the public. I voted for serenity. I would expect this name to be removed and this node be named after a scientist.
Originally posted by Fremd
Your comments totally bewilder me and make me want to say this:
Fine, don't name it after Colbert who won fair and square with MORE votes in a drastically shorter amount of time.
People didnt vote because Colbert told them to, people voted because they wanted Colbert to win.
if you strip him of that, then i dont ever want to hear another nerd complain that nobody cares about space - ever again.
NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes.
Originally posted by VIKINGANT
Maybe not ALL of them but chances are some of them might...just sayin'
So, he didnt win in a fair manner. He asked his fans to vote for him
Originally posted by Fremd
So by this ... errr..... 'logic'? ... not one single elected official wins because they all ask you to vote for them?
He won fair and square. There were no rules in place to prohibit this from taking place, and people voted for Steven not because he TOLD them to, but because they wanted him to win.
Case in point:
Nobody even knew about this damn module (in the group at large that is) until it was on his show.
Just because a few space geeks know about it, doesn't mean you have to name it after a scientist.
If NASA is smart - they'll realize the potential for getting television rating gods like Colbert involved with space exploration.
Exploiting the moronic masses....this time....for the good of mankind.