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Saturday, April 11, 2009

NASA to announce module name on 'Colbert Report'

New York (AP)

April 11, 2009

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.Colbert has already amassed quite a collection of namesakes, including a species of spider found in Calif., a peregrine falcon in San Jose, a bald eagle hatched in the San Francisco Zoo, a Virgin American airplane and a flavor of Ben & Jerry's ("Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream.")

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."

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