NASA avoided some PR drama when it agreed to name something in its new International Space Station after comedian Stephen Colbert: the treadmill. Colbert encouraged his fans to write in his name in the contest to name the new wing of the station, and NASA responded to the outpouring of votes saying they have final say in the naming of the node.
Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams appeared on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night to announce the naming of the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT).
"I think a treadmill is better than a node…because the node is just a box for the treadmill," Colbert said. "Nobody says, 'Hey, my mom bought me a Nike box.' They want the shoes that are inside."
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