NASA To Announce Node 3 Name on Colbert Show

NASA to Announce New Space Station Module Name April 14

"NASA's newest module for the International Space Station will get a new name on April 14. The agency plans to make the announcement with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs, was selected from thousands of unique suggestions submitted on NASA's Internet site, The "Help Name Node 3" poll asked people to vote for the module's name either by choosing one of four NASA options or by offering their own suggestion. The poll closed on March 20."

Editor's Update: I bet everyone can't wait to watch Colbert today.

Give Node 3 an inspirational name, Houston Chronicle

"You dont know me, and I dont know you, so I cannot ask for a favor, and I cannot argue that the votes from the public favor naming Node 3 the Colbert. However, I would like to ask only that you consider this from the perspective of legacy. While I appreciate the influence your position affords you, I cannot help but feel that if a name must be attached to Node 3, it deserves to be in the honor of those who have risked and sacrificed so much for the greater good of all. Seventeen people have lost their lives in accidents aboard U.S. spacecraft over the history of the U.S. space program, and none has his or her name attached to a spacecraft. Node 3 cannot be named after those 17, or the countless thousands who work day in and day out across the country in the many facets of the space program, but doesnt Node 3 deserve a name that at least encompasses the work, dedication and sacrifice that so many have made to make it and the rest of the International Space Station a reality?"

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