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NASA and Colbert reach compromise: I want to work out on COLBERT

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Were you actually expecting NASA to name a room on the International Space Station “Colbert”? Though Stephen Colbert’s last name topped an online poll for the christening of Node 3, astronaut Sunita Williams appeared on The Colbert Report last night to announce the module’s official name: Tranquility. But never fear, Colbert Nation!* The two parties reached a compromise. NASA decided to name a treadmill after the comedian: the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (or, in acronym form, COLBERT). It’s a space treadmill, people. Does it get any cooler than that?

* Firefly fans, however, should be upset. Serenity, which was one of NASA’s four suggestions, had received the second most votes. Tranquility was the eighth most popular write-in.