Mars Society Christens “Colbert Mars Desert Research Station”
28 March 2009 Hanksville, Utah: The Mars Society has been closely monitoring the voting process for the naming of the new node of the International Space Station (ISS). We would like to congratulate Stephen Colbert for the impressive number of votes that were cast for him. However, all indications are that NASA will not name the new node “Colbert.” The Mars Society would like to recognize Mr. Colbert's efforts that successfully focused attention on the U.S. space program and inspired far more people to vote in this process than would have otherwise. Assuming that that the ISS node is not named “Colbert,” we believe Mr. Colbert deserves a much better consolation prize than having a space toilet named after him, as has been suggested. The Mars Society will therefore rename our Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah to the “Colbert Mars Desert Research Station” for one week in April, 2009.
Mr. Colbert and his crew will be welcome to come out to the base and get a feel for what it would be like to be the first human explorers on Mars. We look forward to the first episode of "The Colbert Mars Report."
"Stephen Colbert is clearly the greatest mind of our time," said Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin. "Therefore it is only fitting that all of mankind's extraterrestrial bases be named after him. We are grateful to have the opportunity to make MDRS the first. Indeed, in view of the near certainty of a successful Colbert presidential bid in 2012, the Mars Society is doubly delighted to be the first, as we have been assured that President Colbert will keep that fact in mind when it comes time to distribute his first ten trillion dollars of bailout funds to worthy recipients shortly after he takes office in January, 2013."
The Mars Desert Research Station was built by The Mars Society in 2002 and has served as an invaluable testbed for human and robotic Mars exploration research and demonstration. MDRS has hosted hundreds of scientists, engineers, geologists, chemists, students, and people of innumerable other disciplines. These crews have come from dozens of countries and have represented prestigious universities and research institutions as well as NASA, the European Space Agency, and other space agencies. The Mars Society was founded in 1998 with the purpose of promoting the cause of human and robotic exploration of Mars through political and education outreach as well as conducting privately funded projects.
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