Colbert Wins Space Race!

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It happened. No Serenity, no naked Uhura pin up, or any other sillypants sci-fi nonsense: Steve Colbert won NASA's contest to name the next ISS module, after he asked his viewers to vote for him.

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Out of 1.2 million votes, Colbert got 230,549 votes vs Serenity, which had about 40,000 less votes. But Colbert fans, don't be too happy yet: NASA may not name the module Colbert after all because they reserved the right to turn down the winner.

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They are considering it, though. If I were NASA, I would totally do it on one condition: Get Colbert to have a two-minute NASA segment on every program. Nothing like trading geeky poetry for free advertising and promotion of the space program, specially if it's funny as only Colbert could do. [Physorg]

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Instead of wasting our time with useless naming contests, NASA should get really fraking serious about 20,000 plus pieces, or 100 tons, of space junk orbiting the planet at 20,000 mph. Just a couple of weeks ago they had to take refuge in the Soyuz capsule as a piece of space junk passed within 500 feet of the ISS.

A typical shuttle launch has about a 1 in 300 chance of being hit, otoh, a hazard analysis conducted for a planned October 2008 mission of the space shuttle Atlantis concluded that its greatest risk was from space debris, with a 1-in-185 chance of catastrophic impact.

It's only a matter of time, maybe tonight, when something hits something, and then it's 30,000 pieces, then a hundred thousand, then a cloud orbiting the Earth that will form a perfect shield around the Earth preventing us from orbiting anything for 10,000 years.