The International Space Station is honoring the Apollo 11 missions by naming one of its modules “Tranquility” following a public vote.
The name Tranquility was chosen from thousands of suggestions submitted by participants on NASA’s Web site, www.nasa.gov. The poll asked people to vote for the module’s name either by choosing one of four options listed by NASA or offering their own suggestion. Tranquility was one of the top ten suggestions submitted by respondents to the poll.
“The public did a fantastic job and surprised us with the quality and volume of the suggestions,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations. “Apollo 11 landed on the moon at the Sea of Tranquility 40 years ago this July. We selected ‘Tranquility’ because it ties it to exploration and the moon, and symbolizes the spirit of international cooperation embodied by the space station.”