NASA names treadmill after Colbert, AP (Via San Francisco Chronicle)
"On Tuesday's "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, astronaut Sunita Williams announced that NASA which always maintained it had the right to choose an appropriate name would not name the node after Colbert.
Instead, Node 3 will henceforth be called Tranquility, the eighth most popular response submitted by respondents in the poll. The node's name alludes to where Apollo 11 landed on the moon the Sea of Tranquility.
NASA and Colbert compromised by naming a treadmill used for exercising in space after Colbert. NASA, itself an acronym (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), often names things so they spell out something fun. And that's what they did with the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT)."
Editor's note: A compromise that saved NASA some embarrassment and provided some comic relief and lots of PR.
Kudo's to Robert Pearlman of CollectSpace for the early tip.
"Tranquility was the eighth most popular name written-in by visitors to NASA's website between February 19 and March 20 of this year. Though its impossible to know why so many chose that name, its relation to one of the most notable events in NASA's 50 year history is clear.
"Tranquility" is also defined as a calm state, or serenity."
Editor's note: Here's the press release from NASA.
Editor's note: For those who didn't see the show we now have the video available.