Three weeks ago, Stephen Colbert mobilized his viewers to vote online for the new name of NASA’s Space Module Node 3. NASA unwisely allowed Internet users the option of a write-in ballot, so guess what:
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.
NASA, being the lame-ass government space-exploration agency that it is, reserves the right to name the module something “appropriate,” so we’ll see what happens. The government never does anything cool. Taxes, laws, police… Hell, even Obama’s Twitter feed sucks.