Buzz Aldrin Presents Stephen Colbert with Space Pioneer Award


Stephen Colbert holding the NSS Space Pioneer award (Credits: The Colbert Report).

In an on-air presentation by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the National Space Society (NSS)presented satirist Stephen Colbert with the 2012 Space Pioneer Award for Mass Media.

“We are very pleased to present this award to Colbert in recognition of 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 the National Space Society,” said Paul E. Damphousse, NSS Executive Director. “By frequently interviewing astronauts, space entrepreneurs and scientists on his program, he has demonstrated that it is possible to inform the public on serious space topics in a comedic setting.”

The Colbert Report is a nightly news parody that runs on Comedy Central in the United States. Although satirical in nature, it is increasingly used as a primary news source, particularly by its core demographic of individuals younger than 30 years of age.

Watch the presentation, which occurred on the May 3 episode of The Colbert Report:



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