Stephen Colbert dons Boeing’s spacesuit

Stephen Colbert
Late-night host Stephen Colbert strikes an astronautical pose. (Boeing via Twitter)

Let history record that America’s first late-night astronaut is … Stephen Colbert?

In a pre-recorded bit due to be broadcast tonight on CBS’ “Late Show,” Colbert wears the spacesuit designed for crews on Boeing’s Starliner space taxi and does his shtick at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with Boeing’s Chris Ferguson as straight man.

“How does it feel to be the first honorary Starliner astronaut?” Colbert asks in one clip. “I’ve made it. This is what all of this comedy work has been leading up to: wearing a very tight jumpsuit with a really big inflatable butt on it.”

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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