Thursday, March 5, 2009

Naming New Node

So NASA asked the public to name the next node to be connected to the International Space Station, a module housing life support systems that will also serve as a control tower for the giant robotic arm -- complete with an elaborate six-windowed observation deck.

ISS Module Node 3
Node 1 is Unity, Node 2 is Harmony, and NASA’s first suggestions for Node 3 were Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity or Venture. You have until March 20th to vote or submit your own idea.

Write-ins include: Synergy, Vision, Tranquility, Vista, Horizon, Hope, Eternity, Peace, Trinity, and – predictably – Enterprise. What? No Shatnerville?? Vote and see scores at NameNode3.

The winning title will be revealed on April 28, and Node 3 is scheduled to launch in December 2009, thereafter attached to the ISS by Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Poindexters?!?! He's amusing, but I'm not feeling particularly compelled to vote his ticket. Well, okay that's not entirely true. I may write letters to Forté and Tazo, encouraging them to consider the peaceful tea names :)