Archive - Apr 11, 2009 - Story
Congratulations to Mike Fincke KE5AIT! He now holds the record for the most ARISS contacts on a single expedition as well as the most for multiple missions. Expedition 18 has now set the record for ARISS contacts by an expedition. Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 426. Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 22.
The agency plans to make the announcement with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT.
The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs, was selected from thousands of unique suggestions submitted on NASA's Internet site, www.nasa.gov. The "Help Name Node 3" poll asked people to vote for the module's name either by choosing one of four NASA options or by offering their own suggestion. The poll closed on March 20.
"The node naming poll was organic and took on a life of its own," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We received more than a million entries, in large part because social media Web sites and television programs, such as 'The Colbert Report,' took an interest. This spread overall awareness of the International Space Station."