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February 19 2009

Vote to name the International Space Station node 3. After Serenity made it to space last year, NASA want to know what to name part of the space station, and Serenity is on the list.

I voted. And "Serenity" is in the lead by a huge margin!
We could all use a bit more serenity. : )

Plus...sqeee!
Very cool.
I voted. Serenity is ahead by a huge margin.

Would like to point out that in the rules, it states that NASA is not obligated to use the name voters choose.
I'll for Serenity, though they could name it after Nishka's space station. Or we could go with "The Whedon".
I'm amused that one of the user-generated suggestions is Dunder Mifflin.

Would like to point out that in the rules, it states that NASA is not obligated to use the name voters choose.

Yes, but that's mainly to avoid having to name it "George" if that should happen to win. If Serenity, which is on THEIR list, should happen to win, it's unlikely that they'd simply choose something else.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2009-02-19 19:32 ]
Okay, I would love it to bits if Serenity got picked. So far, the magin is huge. Yay!
Serenity is currently sitting pretty with 72% of the vote, with its closest competitor, "Legacy", having gained only a paltry 17%. Good job, people.

[ edited by adg1034 on 2009-02-19 19:39 ]
If Serenity, which is on THEIR list, should happen to win, it's unlikely that they'd simply choose something else.

I'd think it would be unlikely, too.
Node 2 is named Harmony. Heh heh.
I wonder if Harmony bites?
Voted Serenity too, it's now up at 78% :D
I just knocked it up to 79%. ;)
80%

Harmony, huh? I remember Lorne calling her "Cacophony."
Do you think they knew what they were doing? None of the other names has any sort of insane fandom to vote for them...

Did Nishka's space station have a name? I can't remember. Actually, I want to suggest Miranda now.
"The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony."

I think that alone bodes well for "Serenity." Cool. :-)
82% when I voted, and yeah, I think the fact that it fits with the name of previous modules is working very much in its favor. Along with the Whedonesque bump, of course. (Though I have to admit "Tranquility" -- one of the user suggestions -- would fit, too, and it would be a nice nod to NASA's history. Maybe for some future module, though; I voted for Serenity regardless.)
Voted for 'Serenity' with a clear conscience but I must admit, the suggested 'Endor' made me smile. That's no space-station, it's a moon ;).
While awesome, I doubt they selected that name for our beloved ship, and that they are the same is just incidental. The word Serenity seems to fit with the other names they chose (like Harmony).
Maybe but you could say the same thing about 'Enterprise' and yet that was named after the ship, not the synonym for 'undertaking'. Some folk in NASA are sci-fi fans, it might be coincidence or it might not. I don't know enough to doubt it so i'm gonna not doubt it instead ;).
What happens when we pass 100% ? Does time stand still and shit ?
Time does not shit, Saje - it's a concept.
Hah ;). LOL (and you know I only say that when I actually did ;)

Still, concept or not, i'm waiting until we pass 100%, just in case. Actually, where's my camera ...
97% now. I wonder if they will shoot Joss up to visit the station if it's named Serenity?

Oh man that's such a neat mental image. I know it would never happen, but how friggin cool would that be?? = )
I voted Serenity..of course.
When the shit of Time hits the fan of Destiny...

(Anybody else miss Humph? Or have a clue whereof I speak? I'll get my coat.)
With all that flying debris up there now I'd suggest "Bulletproof"

/Just kidding, voted for Serenity.

I remember back in the day all the ST fans demanded the first Shuttle be named Enterprise, so NASA did. Of course, that one was a test airframe that never actually went into space...
I was thinking 'Cabin in the Cosmos' because that ISS has got to be the scariest thing in near-Earth orbit.

ETC: Place. The ISS has got to be the scariest place in near-earth orbit. I'm not afraid of the ISS, but I'd be terrified to go there.

[ edited by peacemonger on 2009-02-20 00:21 ]
Don't know if it's being a party pooper or Captain Bleedin' Obvious to say this, but isn't this "Serenity" after the moon's "Sea of Serenity"? Nice there's a Whedonesque crossover, of course, but...I don't know if it's a shout out from the good people at NASA.
I remember back in the day all the ST fans demanded the first Shuttle be named Enterprise, so NASA did. Of course, that one was a test airframe that never actually went into space...

Actually, the Enterprise airframe was originally designated (and numbered) as a flight system. Challenger was a test airframe. Due to design changes based on construction of Columbia, NASA decided it was cheaper to refit a test airframe than to refit Enterprise.

After the loss of Challenger, NASA again considered flying Enterprise, but eventually decided to build a new orbiter (Endeavour) from available parts.

So Enterprise missed two chances to fly.
There was a request for possible names for this Node several months ago, and this seems to be the final list. I think it's possible that, in a way, this is a "shout out", of sorts. -And it fits with the themes of the other Nodes, so far.
Voted for Serenity of course, but wish there was something more epic. Like Executor named for Vader's Super Star Destroyer. Or the Death Star! That would be fun...

[ edited by SteppeMerc on 2009-02-20 03:00 ]
Serenity is very apt for this node, given the workmanlike functions it will be handling.
Voted for Serenity. It's now at 96% so the blackhole shit implosion time paradox thing has been avoided.
"Serenity" does have a nice ring to it. Plus, we've several fans in NASA.

Hey, why not? Haven't we called first dibs?
This is so exciting - if Serenity is picked we got braggin' rights.
Serenity goes best with the theme here (with Harmony and Unity).

One of these days I suggest Millennium Falcon. Death Star might not be sending the right message, but it would be incredibly funny.

Hey, they got Enterprise. Now the Warsies need to strike back at the Trekkies.
I'm looking forward to the node we can name TARDIS.
Don't care why they picked Serenity because we know why we voted for it ;)
It's now at 96% so the blackhole shit implosion time paradox thing has been avoided.

I'm pretty sure NASA's fixing the percentages just cos they didn't think of the time shit implosion potential and are now running scared.

I'm looking forward to the node we can name TARDIS.

Then time would shit. It's terrified of that little blue box. Fact.
No power in the 'verse can stop us!
To be fair, the other names in the running are rubbish! No wonder Serenity is way out in front!
I guess I'm the first one to go against the grain here. To me, our beloved ship represents the freedom to go out and explore the universe free from Alliance control and is somewhat the opposite of a space station "anchored" in orbit under the control of an international Alliance. I do love the idea of an actual ship out in space named after our baby, but I don't really see an extra room on the ISS as being that. Serenity is still a better name than all the other choices, and is more in line with the existing names, so it will probably get chosen, but I hope using it now doesn't mean it can't be used on a more fitting vessel in the future.

[ edited by Sarrava on 2009-02-21 02:14 ]
We're slipping tonight (Friday night), with a mere 83% of the vote. If you haven't voted yet, please do! :D
Voted! 83% But hope it gets picked. :D
It's 86% now. But, since Colbert had put his hat in the ring, I hope the FF-fans keep on voting! Dude has some loyal fans. I like him but my vote is for the Whedonverse. My brother on the other hand is on virtual time rallying the Colbert troops... lol
4 million Dollhouse viewers vs. about 1 million Colbert viewers? I think we can take him. :)
I agree with Mirage. Love Colbert but there are enough things wearing his name already. Leave Space to Serenity.
I just saw this on the Colbert Report March 10 episode. He (pretended?) not to know the space reference of "Serenity".
Just saw Colbert Report too! Serenity is at 78%. And Colbert is only a write vote for other options. So...fingers crossed...
Of course, even if Colbert "won", they won't actually name it that.

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