A Look Back: The Space Shuttle Program

Welcome to A Look Back, where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert  et. al. over the years.


With space shuttle Atlantis touching down for the last time on July 21, 2011, manned American space flight is clearly in a time of transition.  Anyone who has watched the Report long enough surely realizes that Stephen is, and I say this with total affection, a space geek.  The extensive NASA and space mentions on the Report have done a great deal to promote the cause for the space program, and NASA has been generous in returning the favor, even naming a space treadmill, the C.O.L.B.E.R.T., after Stephen.  Let’s take a look back at some great moments in space.

The Wriststrong Bracelet Achieves Unobtanium with Garrett Reisman

SC: You are member of the Colbert Nation, correct?
GR: I would like to say, the Colbert Universe would be more appropriate

The Call to the Nation to Name NASA’s Node 3 after Stephen

I love outer space. It is my favorite endless, empty void. Sorry, Glenn Beck.

Astronaut Sunita Williams Announces the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. Space Treadmill–“It’s Time to Jump on Colbert…”

Dr. Tyson and Stephen Have a Sad Over (and Extol the Virtues of) the Manned Space Program

Stephen Colbert’s Fallback Position: Astronaut, Parts 1-3

What are your thoughts on the end of the shuttle program? Do you have other favorite space moments from the Report? Do share in the comments!

5 thoughts on “A Look Back: The Space Shuttle Program

  1. All classics. His excitement over seeing a Wriststrong bracelet in orbit is contagious. And he totally rocks the orange jumpsuit.

    My favorite space-ish moment from the Report is the (I think) very first Fallback Position: Astrophysicist, when Neil DeGrasse Tyson takes him round the Hayden Planetarium. I watched that so many times and laughed just as hard the 8th time as I did the first. “Dr. Tyson, may I lick your meteor?”

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  2. I wonder where the C.O.L.B.E.R.T Treadmill will go to now that it’s no longer needed in space.

    I also hope Stephen can find an excuse to wear that orange jumpsuit again. He certainly looks mighty fine in it!!

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    • I think, although I may be mistaken, the COLBERT was intended for the international space station? So it would still be there?

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  3. It’s where he’s sitting there, unable to sit still as Houston links him up to the space station and then Garrett Reisman…the look of pure delight which follows is both adorable and infectious. And such a lovely interview. The right stuff, indeed.

    OMG Space…spiders!

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  4. My favorite space moment is the entire Fallback Position: Astronaut series. It was so cool that Stephen got to do all that. And darn it all if he doesn’t look adorable in that orange (space!) jumpsuit.

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