NASA astronaut Kate Rubin voted with the ISS: ‘If we can do it from space …’

This is part of the story Election 2020, Coverage of CNET’s run-up to the vote in November.

Although you go to cast your vote, you should praise this NASA astronaut who managed to cast his vote from space. Kate Rubins, who is currently on duty on the International Space Station, posted a photo of herself in front of a padded booth marked with the text “ISS Voting Booth”, “From the International Space Station: I Voted Today”.

NASA noted that this is not Rubin’s first time voting from space. She did this in 2016, when she was also on the ISS.

In a video uploaded by NASA, Rubins said, “I think voting is really important for everyone.” “And if we can do it from space, I believe people can do it from the ground as well.” Rubins’ six-month ISS mission began on 14 October, also his 42nd birthday.

Most astronauts choose to vote as residents of Texas because they go to Houston for training, however, NASA said, those who want to vote as residents of their home state can make special arrangements .

The ballot of the county where the astronaut is registered is tested on a space station’s training computer, then the actual ballot is generated and extended to the ISS with crew-member-specific credentials to protect. The completed ballot is returned electronically to Earth to be officially recorded.

“Voting in space has been possible since 1997, when a bill was passed to allow legally voting from space in Texas,” NASA said in a statement. “Since then, many NASA astronauts have used this civilian duty from orbit. As NASA works towards sending astronauts to the moon in 2024 and eventually to Mars, the agency plans to have astronauts Those who want to vote in space are able to ensure that. ” No matter where in the solar system they may be. ”

NASA had hoped for the ISS to join American astronauts from space to vote in the Cruise-1, but their mission has been delayed until the middle of November, so they can now vote from Earth Can.

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