ATLANTA (AP) – NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she intends to cast her next ballot from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.
Located just outside Moscow in Russia’s Star City, Rubins prepares with two astronauts for a launch in mid-October and a six-month stay on the International Space Station.
“I think it’s very important for everyone to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I think people can do it from the ground.”
Most US astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using secure electronic voting. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and transmits the completed ballot to the county employee.
“It’s important that we participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
NASA astronauts have voted from space in the past. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough voted by the International Space Station.
Rubins, the first person to track DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.
While there, he will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence on the space station and will welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, which is expected to arrive in late October.
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