Friday, February 20, 2009

Take Me Out to the Black...

Help NASA Name ISS Node 3

NASA wants your opinion in naming the International Space Station’s Node 3 – a connecting module and its cupola – before the two segments travel to space and are installed on the orbiting laboratory. 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.

Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the Node 3 components during the STS-130 mission targeted for December 2009. Once the cupola is attached to one of the module’s six ports, it will offer astronauts a spectacular view of both their home planet and their home in space.

One of the names being voted on is Serenity. Needless to say, every fan of Firefly will want to vote for that name, and at the time I voted for it, it had 88% of the votes. Aside from the Firefly connection, Serenity fits in pretty well with the names of other station modules. According to the rules, you can vote once a day.

The above image from is an artist's conception of the Cupola in space attached to ISS Node 3. Launch of a space shuttle mission to deliver the node to the International Space Station is scheduled for December 10, 2009.

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