NASA Disses Colbert; Names Space Station “Tranquility”

Just gotta take credit for knowing mah geeks:

NASA names treadmill for Stephen Colbert.

The U.S. space agency NASA on Tuesday christened a room at the International Space Station as Tranquility and not after comedian Stephen Colbert’s last name. Instead, COLBERT was used to name the station’s treadmill.

I know they will see this as a compromise. It’s not, really, and it’s not the other thing they’ll claim it is (a way to still seem hip while pandering to the mainstream who pay taxes/their salaries). It’s lame, but they don’t know that.

Naming the space station after Colbert would have been a great way to get young, energetic people to be interested in science. Plus, it would have shown NASA to have a better sense of humor than previously assumed.

In short, the idea was doomed from the get-go.

As some people may recall, I went on record predicting NASA would never name the station after Colbert, even though he won the write-in contest. They are a lot of things, but hip and ironic ain’t on that list.

So, yes, I’m just gloating. I called it. The end.


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