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"Colbert" gets 230,539 Votes, May Be Used For Space Station Room

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March 23rd, 2009

I love this kind of stuff. People making a mockery of some goofy government effort. It's not the typical numbers you see on our site, but it's TV and it's numbers, and it's fun!

And after the "let the people decide" voting, it seems like NASA may override it anyway.

NASA's online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.

The name "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options in the space agency's effort to have the public help name the addition. The new room will be launched later this year.

NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday.

NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters "the most consideration."

via SFGate.com.

 
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