NASA to Announce Module Name on "Colbert Report"

Friday, Apr 10, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 PM PDT
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NASA to Announce Module Name on "Colbert Report"

The comedian Stephen Colbert said in a statement: "I certainly hope NASA does the right thing. Just kidding. I hope they name it after me."

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NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is still clinging to hope that NASA will name a new room at the international space station after him.

The space agency said Friday it would announce the name of the module Tuesday on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Astronaut Sunita Williams will appear on the program.

The agency held an online contest, letting the public vote on a name for a future addition to the station. "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options: Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture.

The comedian said in a statement: "I certainly hope NASA does the right thing. Just kidding. I hope they name it after me."

Earlier, a NASA insider had told Space.com that the space agency was considering naming a toilet after Colbert and not the module.

That report prompted NASA spokesman John Yembrick to issue this non-denial denial: "We don't want to flush away any goodwill by announcing something before we are ready."

Check out Colbert grilling NASA on his program:

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Space Module: Colbert - William Gerstenmaier
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