NASA astronaut Kate Rubins casts 2020 vote from area
26 Octobre, 2020, 02:43 | Auteur: Therese Cote
Voting in space has been possible since 1997 when a bill passed to legally allow voting from space in Texas. She is presently on duty at the ISS and will be there during the upcoming Presidential Debate.
"I think it's really important for everybody to vote", Rubins said in a video she posted from space after her voting exercise.
Most astronauts choose the Texas resident election because they move to Houston to train. The actual voting slip is then generated and forwarded to the ISS with the log-in information specific to the crew to ensure safety.
Expedition 49 Landing Preparation ZHEZJAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN- OCTOBER 29: Expedition 49 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins talks to her family via satellite phone shortly after she Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 (Kazakh time). Rubins will research "the use of laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors" and conduct cardiovascular experiments from the space station, according to NASA. They have said that since then, several astronauts have practiced their right to vote even when they were several miles away from Earth.
Rubins and NASA described the process as a form of absentee voting. NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in Houston, so most astronauts are based in the city and registered to vote in Harris County, where Houston is located.
In reality, the booth was the International Space Station's toilet.
Starting Saturday, New Yorkers can cast their ballots early for president for the first time in history; Alex Hogan reports. By completing it ahead of their launch, space station crew members signal their intent to participate in an election from space. Astronauts will have to fill it out and send it back to Earth.
An encrypted email from the Mission control with an absentee ballot from the inside will be sent to astronauts. Kat filled the ballot in an e-mail and sent it to the clerk's office.
"The astronaut will then cast their vote, and the secure, completed ballot is downlinked and delivered back to the County Clerk's Office by email to be officially recorded", NASA adds. "We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space", Rubins told AP.
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