On Thursday, May 3, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI Astronaut and Member of the NSS Board of Governors, will present a 2012 Space Pioneer Award for Mass Media to Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report
on the Comedy Central cable network.
Colbert is receiving the award in recognition for his unceasing promotion of "space tourism, space development, NASA programs, and the use of private enterprise for better access to space", all of which are supported by NSS. He frequently interviews astronauts, space entrepreneurs and scientists, demonstrating that it is possible to inform the public on serious space topics in a comedic setting.
Colbert is probably best known in the space community for his campaign to name a new space station node that actually resulted in the naming of a space station treadmill after him.
The Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT for short, is located in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station, the node that was the subject of the naming competition. Colbert received the most votes; however NASA decided to name the node after the Sea of Tranquility, site of the Apollo XI moon landing.