NASA astronaut votes in space

The US presidential election is so dire that NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote into space from the International Space Station (ISS), about 400 kilometers away from Earth.

This is the second time that Mme Rubins votes from space: She also made use of her right when she was in the ISS on a previous mission in 2016, CNN reported.

Rubins is accompanied by two Russian astronauts, who began a mission earlier in October, and will remain in orbit for a period of 6 months.

The right to vote from space was obtained in 1997. This right was established by officials in Texas, where the Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center is based. Astronauts usually live close to the center for their work.

To vote in space, astronauts receive an electronic ticket sent by the electoral district where the Center is located and write their choice on the ticket, which is emailed back to Earth.

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