WASHINGTON - NASA's online contest to name a new room atthe international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbertwon.
The name "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options inthe space agency's effort to have the public help name theaddition. The new room will be launched later this year.
NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers ofhis Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in hisname. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobberedSerenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes.Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest endedFriday.
NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agencyspokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but willgive top vote-getters "the most consideration."
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