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:
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