American astronaut voted in US presidential elections from space

Here Is How American Astronauts Will Vote From The Space In The US Presidential Elections 2020

Keith Rubins made her choice while aboard the International Space Station

American astronaut Keith Rubins on Thursday voted for the US presidential election while aboard the International Space Station, and her vote will be counted despite the fact that Rubins is now 408 km above the Earth..

“Today I voted while aboard the International Space Station,” said ISS crew member Keith Rubins, who last week began her six-month stay aboard the space station. The post was posted on the official NASA Twitter account..

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NASA released a photo of Rubins, hair fluttering in zero gravity, in front of a white booth with a paper sign that read ISS Voting Booth. Rubins and NASA described this process as a form of absentee voting..

A specially encrypted email bulletin was emailed to the ISS from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rubins completed an email and mailed it back to Houston.

This is not the first time the astronaut has voted while in space: in 2016, she also took part in the elections while on board the ISS. In 1997, Congress passed legislation allowing astronauts to vote from space.

“I feel honored to be able to vote while in space,” Rubins said before the launch of the launch vehicle that brought her and two Russian cosmonauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 14. “If we can do this while in space, then I believe that people can do this on Earth “.

Three other American astronauts were also supposed to vote from space, but their flight to the ISS, scheduled for October 31, was postponed..

American astronaut voted in US presidential elections from space

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