United States astronaut cast her absentee ballot from 253miles above the Earth

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has dropped her vote from space

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Kate Rubins has accomplished her civic duty to vote even while she's aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The astronaut left Earth for the ISS on October 14 - which was her birthday - for six and half months of scientific work in space, Space reports.

On October 15, Kate Rubins took off for her second mission to area together with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. They had been aboard the Roscosmos spaceflight Soyuz MS-17.

Rubins, the only American voter not now on Earth, said she was able to vote from the International Space Station last week. "We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space", Rubins told AP.

In a video posted by NASA, Rubins talked in regards to the significance of every vote. She said, "And if we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too".

Congress passed legislation in 1997 that made voting from space possible. As NASA gears up to send astronauts to the Moon and eventually to Mars one day, they have said that no matter where their astronauts are in the solar system, NASA will make sure they are able to vote.

According to The Hill, it is legal for astronauts, who are Texas residents, to vote from space.

According to NASA, the absentee voting process was done through a secure electronic ballot that was sent via email to the ISS. It's the same form military members and their families fill out while serving outside of the US. The county clerk who manages elections in the astronaut's home county sends a test ballot to a team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

In addition to announcing the revised launch date, NASA invited media representatives to an October 28 teleconference during which the agency would discuss the results of recent Falcon 9 Merlin engine testing. NASA astronauts, using specific credentials, access their ballot and cast their vote, which is delivered back to the county clerk's office by email.

Rubins will travel back to Earth in April 2021. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which failed to reach the International Space Station during its first test flight past year, is expected to launch a second unmanned test mission in January 2021, with its first manned flight next summer.

Rubins told the Associated Press before her launch earlier this month that it is vital for everyone to vote.



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