NASA Astronaut Plans to Cast Her VOTE From Space Station

NASA Astronaut Plans to Cast Her VOTE From Space Station

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Kate Rubins, an astronaut from the NASA, is planning to cast her next vote from space. That is more than 200 miles above Earth!

According to online site HuffPost, Rubins and two cosmonauts have started preparing for a mid-October launch.

They will stay at the International Space Station for six months, coinciding with the national elections in November.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote… It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubin said.

Most American astronauts live in Houston, Texas, which allows them to vote from space under a state law.

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The space explorers use a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control then forwards it to the space station to relay the completed ballot back to the county clerk.

Rubin called on her fellow citizens to practice their right to vote and consider it an honor to be able to do so.

“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too,” she said.

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 the astronaut is there, she will celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the space station.

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