Software // Social
News
4/15/2009
02:27 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

NASA Treadmill Named For Stephen Colbert

Comedian and talk show host gets a consolation prize for his effort to have an International Space Station node named after him.

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert - Photo: Canada.com

Comedian Stephen Colbert didn't get his wish to have an International Space Station node named after him, but NASA gave him a consolation prize for his success in getting fans to vote in the space agency's naming contest.

NASA said that more people voted for "Colbert" than any other name, but the space agency had reserved the right to select a name other than the one that was most popular. The node will be called "Tranquility," which ranked eighth among suggestions resulting from more than 1 million online responses. A treadmill will be named "COLBERT."

"We don't typically name U.S. space station hardware after living people and this is no exception," Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for space operations, said in a statement. "However, NASA is naming its new space station treadmill the 'Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill,' or COLBERT. We have invited Stephen to Florida for the launch of COLBERT and to Houston to try out a version of the treadmill that astronauts train on."

Astronaut Suni Williams announced the new names on The Colbert Report after running 26.2 miles on a treadmill to coincide with the Boston Marathon, which she qualified for but missed because of her stay aboard the ISS.

The treadmill will be installed in Tranquility, a pressurized module that will add room to the space station and store its life-support systems.

"Apollo 11 landed on the moon at the Sea of Tranquility 40 years ago this July," Gerstenmaier said. "We selected 'Tranquility' because it ties it to exploration and the moon, and symbolizes the spirit of international cooperation embodied by the space station."


InformationWeek will be highlighting innovative government IT organizations in an upcoming issue. Nominate your agency by submitting an essay on your most innovative IT initiative completed in the last year. Find out more, and nominate your organization by May 1.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Social is a Business Imperative
Social is a Business Imperative
The use of social media for a host of business purposes is rising. Indeed, social is quickly moving from cutting edge to business basic. Organizations that have so far ignored social - either because they thought it was a passing fad or just didnít have the resources to properly evaluate potential use cases and products - must start giving it serious consideration.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 - 2014
Our InformationWeek Elite 100 issue -- our 26th ranking of technology innovators -- shines a spotlight on businesses that are succeeding because of their digital strategies. We take a close at look at the top five companies in this year's ranking and the eight winners of our Business Innovation awards, and offer 20 great ideas that you can use in your company. We also provide a ranked list of our Elite 100 innovators.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.