Stephen Colbert Goes Intergalactic As He Launches His DNA Into Space
DNA to be digitized and sent to the International Space Station (ISS) with famed game designer Richard Garriott
SEPTEMBER 8, 2008
NEW YORK, September 8, 2008—Stephen Colbert continues to make late-night television space history. On The Colbert Report in May, he was the first host in late-night to interview an astronaut, Garrett Reisman, in space. Now, Colbert plans to save humanity when he has his DNA digitized and sent to the International Space Station (ISS) with famed game designer Richard Garriott.
“I am thrilled to have my DNA shot into space, as this brings me one step closer to my life-long dream of being the baby at the end of 2001,” said Colbert.
“In the unlikely event that Earth and humanity are destroyed, mankind can be resurrected with Stephen Colbert’s DNA,” said Garriott. “Is there a better person for us to turn to for this high-level responsibility?”
In October, Garriott will travel to the ISS and deposit the “Immortality Drive,” a time capsule which will include human DNA and records of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. This collection of data including Colbert’s DNA and accomplishments, along with personal messages left by visitors at operationimmortality.com, will serve as a remote offsite backup of the human race.
The Colbert Report airs regularly Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. following The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Repeat episodes air Monday-Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT).
The Colbert Report is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions, Inc. in association with Spartina Productions, Inc. Stewart, Colbert and Allison Silverman are the executive producers with Meredith Bennett and Richard Dahm as co-executive producers. Jim Hoskinson is the director. Lou Wallach and Dan Powell are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
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