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robsouth
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posted 04-16-2009 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So they called it, "Tranquility"!!! Wow one word comes to mind, original! Oh well maybe I'd add two words in front of that, not very...

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posted 04-16-2009 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, according to internal documents, the choice was between "Tranquility" and "Slartibartfast." "Tranquility" had the advantage of being marginally shorter, and therefore easier to stencil on the side.

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posted 04-16-2009 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Slartibartfast?" To which I think the response was "I told you my name wasn't important." Now come along, before you are the late Dent Arthur Dent. (paraphrasing)

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posted 04-16-2009 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought this was an international space station, wasn't it an American flag that got planted at Tranquility Base. Is this NASA just being lazy or has originality taken a holiday? Hasn't the eagle on the Apollo 11 patch been re-cycled again on another piece of modern technology? Apollo 11 was a great achievement but lets look to the future and use some inspiring new names and designs.

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posted 04-17-2009 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The COLBERT thing is enormously stupid.

robsouth
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posted 04-17-2009 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If this kind of thinking was applied to other programs then instead of Spirit and Opportunity roving Mars the two unmanned craft could have been called Armstrong and Aldrin!!

From what I can see the new module has six windows looking out into space and back at the home planet. Just a few quick names to consider, what about "Reflection", because the earth will be reflected off the windows. Or along the line of viewing what about, "Outlook", that is if it isn't copyrighted by Microsoft. Or maybe, "Vista".

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posted 04-19-2009 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, would of have preferred the name of SERENITY over TRANQUILITY and I, too, agree that the treadmill being called COLBERT is just stupid! This is just my views. Thank you.

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posted 04-20-2009 04:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I personally voted SERENITY in the poll. But NASA has done the right thing in compromising, by naming Node 3 TRANQUILITY and the treadmill COLBERT. What they should also have done is to train Stephen Colbert as a Payload Specialist and fly him on STS-128. Better than inviting him to simply watch the launch!

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posted 04-21-2009 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wyle Labs release
NASA's 'COLBERT' Supplied by Wyle Is Designed to Minimize House Calls

NASA's newest piece of astronaut fitness gear headed for the International Space Station, the COLBERT, is perfect for a facility that wants to avoid too many house calls for repairs.

The COLBERT is designed to go up to 150,000 miles without a belt change.

"The COLBERT represents the integrated efforts of our best engineers and scientists to deliver a highly reliable and very critical piece of flight hardware," said Jim Kukla, a group vice president at Wyle, the NASA contractor that has taken a commercial-off-the-shelf treadmill and modified it to meet spaceflight standards.

In development for more than two years, the COLBERT is scheduled to be flown to the International Space Station later this year.

Earlier this week, astronaut Sunita L. Williams, appearing on "The Colbert Report" on cable TV network Comedy Central, said NASA will name the new module Tranquility, instead of Colbert as he and his fans demanded after winning an online poll conducted by NASA.

Instead, NASA said it will christen its new exercise treadmill the Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, aka, the COLBERT in government speak.

The International Space Station Program is planning to begin six-person operations later this year. The COLBERT is a critical countermeasure device designed to maintain crew health while on-orbit and prepare them for return to Earth. The treadmill will be housed in an "international standard payload rack" and deployed from the rack each time a crewmember uses the treadmill for exercise.

The overall approach for the COLBERT project is to utilize as much existing NASA program hardware as possible and couple it with an existing, commercially available high reliability treadmill. The treadmill and supporting subsystems (power, avionics, cooling, etc.) will be housed in an International Standard Payloads Rack and the vibration isolation system will be a modified Passive Rack Isolation System. The entire assembly is planned to be housed in the Node 2, and will then be moved to Node 3 ("Tranquility") upon its arrival to the International Space Station.

Development of the COLBERT is being completed by Wyle at its Houston operations where it has supported the nation's space program for more than 40 years. It is based on an athletic treadmill produced by Woodway, one of the leading providers of athletic and medical treadmills.

Wyle is the prime contractor on two premier NASA Johnson Space Center contracts. Under the Bioastronautics Contract, Wyle provides medical operations, ground and flight research, space flight hardware development and fabrication, science and mission integration for flight, and habitability and environmental factors in support of the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Constellation and Human Research programs. Under the Occupational Medicine Occupational Health contract, Wyle provides clinical and occupational health care for NASA personnel and the astronaut corps.

Wyle, a privately held company, is a leading provider of high tech aerospace engineering and information technology services to the federal government on long-term outsourcing contracts. The company also provides life sciences services for NASA's astronaut corps as well as mission critical support services and space simulation; test and evaluation of aircraft, weapon systems, networks, and other government assets; and other engineering services to the aerospace, defense, nuclear power, communications and transportation industries.

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posted 04-24-2009 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, preparations are under way to pack the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, for launch to the International Space Station on the space shuttle Discovery STS-128 mission.

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posted 05-24-2009 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On May 21 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, a crane lifts the Node 3 module toward the flatbed that will transport it to the Space Station Processing Facility. Named Tranquility, the module will be delivered to the International Space Station on the STS-130 mission.

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posted 05-30-2009 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On May 26 in the Space Station Processing Facility, an overhead crane lowered the Tranquility module, or Node 3, into its work stand.


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