Serenity space shipWe're not talking about a remake or a sequel to the great 2005 film. But even as Joss Whedon was explaining why movies made from DC comics suck won't work, his secret minions at NASA were cooking up a complicated scheme to launch Serenity back into space. Fans of the Firefly TV series and the follow-up movie version hold a special place in their heart for the battered cargo vessel Serenity, beloved home to Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his band of smugglers. When the film didn't perform up to box office expectations, it appeared that Serenity had flown for the last time.

Until NASA asked for the public's help in naming the International Space Station's Node 3, which is "a connecting module and its cupola." (Space nerds, feel free to explain in the comments.) As the very alert Sarah Jaffe at Newsarama pointed out, NASA states: "The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony." Their choices include Earthrise, Legacy, Venture, and ... Serenity!

As of this afternoon, when I voted, Serenity was leading with 86% of the vote. I'd say it's no contest, but you never know when secret fans of Earthrise, Legacy, or Venture will come out the woodwork, so I encourage you to head over there now and cast your vote. (No registration or other identifying information required.) Let NASA -- and Universal Studios -- know that you want to see Serenity fly in space.

To borrow a plea from Frank Costanza : "Serenity now!"