Sunday, March 22, 2009

Colbert - NASA : unofficial final vote count

Okay -- this is extremely unofficial and third hand, but after some Googling about, I found a post on the No Fact Zone which claims the final numbers on the Node 3 on-line vote were:

  • Colbert: 230,539
  • Serenity: 190,196

Numbers (allegedly) courtesy of NASA’s Jacob Keaton. Hopefully releasing these won't be a career-limiting action on Keaton's part.

It must be repeated, NASA has left themselves an out by stating the name should "reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony."


So the Firefly Fanboys may get naming rights, but Colbert Nation gets the glory.

Again, in the spirit of compromise, if NASA can't bring themselves to name Node 3 after Stephen Colbert, the least they can do is name the Urine Processor Assembly after him.

SCUPA -- it has a nice ring to it. A tinkle, as it were.

(Thanks to No Fact Zone for ferreting out the numbers. Consider them added to the blogroll.)

UPDATE: NASA announces the name on the Colbert Report!


Anonymous said...

You'd be amazed at how much information people are willing to provide if you just contact their media department and mention that you're a blogger. I've been in contact with NASA for a couple of weeks, and the gentleman who has been providing me the numbers has a "" e-mail address. I e-mailed the NASA press relations address to contact them. So I feel pretty good that the numbers are correct.

It didn't hurt that the day I e-mailed them is the day after Colbert mentioned No Fact Zone on the 'Colbert Report':

Thanks for the blogroll link love. I hope you'll stop by our little blog and comment - we seriously need more testosterone over there.

Dr Ralph said...

NoFactZone - I would have thought Stephen was capable of supplying all the testosterone any one could ever stand.

To reuse a phrase my son once uttered, your blog is "ridiculously awesome." I wish I'd stumbled on it long ago. Keep up the great work!

David Schor said...

If "Colbert" doesn't sit well with NASA, how about "Truthy"?

Just sayin'...

Dr Ralph said...

Mr. Schor - Truthy indeed!

Well played, sir!