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World NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

05:20  26 september  2020
05:20  26 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.

This photo provided by NASA. Expedition 64 crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, is seen during Soyuz qualification exams Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 25 that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend the next six months.  (Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press This photo provided by NASA. Expedition 64 crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, is seen during Soyuz qualification exams Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 25 that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend the next six months. (Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA via AP)

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

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NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have the option of voting in tomorrow's (Nov. 6) presidential election from orbit, hundreds of miles Astronauts residing on the orbiting lab receive a digital version of their ballot , which is beamed up by Mission Control at the agency's Johnson Space

This photo provided by NASA shows Expedition 64 prime crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins during a news conference prior to her launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia.  Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend the next six months.   (Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press This photo provided by NASA shows Expedition 64 prime crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins during a news conference prior to her launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend the next six months. (Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA via AP)

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.

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At least two NASA astronauts serving on the International Space Station have cast their ballots for this year's election. Thanks to a 19-year-old Texas state law that allows astronauts to vote while living off-planet, Shane Kimbrough became the latest American to cast his ballot from space , the agency

Fincke, the space station ?s Expedition 18 commander, told SPACE .combefore he left Earth. ? I think the candidates this year are exciting in and The 1997 Texasbill allowed NASA ?s first orbital voter David Wolf to cast his ballot fromRussia?s Space Station Mir, Cloutier-Lemasters told SPACE .com.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA astronauts have voted from space before. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station.

Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.

While she’s there, she’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the space station, and welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, expected to arrive in late October.

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will vote from space .
Millions of Americans will vote by mail or in person for the next president of the US. At least one vote will be cast some 200 miles above the Earth. © Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA/AP NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will cast her electronic ballot from space for the upcoming election, the space agency confirmed. NASA astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins plans to vote from the International Space Station, NASA confirmed to CNN, where she'll be stationed during the voting period. Rubins, along with two Russian cosmonauts, will spend six months in space as part of the Expedition 63/64 crew.

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