Kate Rubins made her choice while on Board of the International space station.
On Thursday, American astronaut Kate Rubins took part in the vote in the US presidential election while on Board of the International space station. Although Rubins is now at an altitude of 408 km above the Earth, her vote will be counted.
“I voted today while aboard the International space station,” said ISS crew member Kate Rubins, who last week began a six-month stay aboard the orbiting station. The message was posted on the official NASA Twitter account.
NASA released a photo of Rubins, her hair flying in zero gravity, in front of a white booth with a paper sign that reads “ISS voting booth.” Rubins and NASA described the process as a form of absentee voting.
The specially encoded electronic bulletin was emailed to the ISS from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rubins filled out an email newsletter and sent it back to Houston.
This is not the first time an astronaut has voted while in space: in 2016, she also took part in the election while on Board the ISS. In 1997, Congress passed a law allowing astronauts to vote from space.
“I consider it an honor to be able to vote while in space,” Rubins said before launching the launch vehicle that brought her and two Russian cosmonauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 14. “If we can do it while in space, I believe that people can do it on Earth.”
Three other American astronauts were also scheduled to vote from space, but their flight to the ISS, scheduled for October 31, was postponed.