Colbert Shooting DNA Into Space

Comedian's digitized genetic code headed to space station
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2008 12:03 PM CDT
Stephen Colbert is seen with Michelle Obama during taping at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – You probably won’t live forever, but a part of Stephen Colbert hopes to. The comedian’s digitized DNA will travel to the International Space Station in October as part of an “Immortality Drive” DNA time capsule, reports AP. The DNA will be delivered by video-game designer Richard Garriott, one of the few private citizens scheduled to travel into space.

"In the unlikely event that humanity is destroyed, mankind can be resurrected with
Stephen Colbert's DNA," Garriot said. "Is there a better person for us to turn to for this high-level responsibility?"