How Astronauts are Voting From Space

If you’re complaining about being forced to stay in line a lot to vote, you must know that some people are craving for such a chance. Voting for the next president of the US is another reason for Americans to mobilize themselves. But as most of them are voting by the good old method, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has a unique way of voting.

Rubins aims to vote from the International Space Station itself, as she’s part of the Expedition 63/64 crew along with two Russian astronauts. Since voting through email is not something new at all in the States, there’s no wonder how somebody can vote from outer space.

How it works

The process is as simple as it can be: The Harris County Clerk’s Office has to upload an electronic and secure ballot to Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center that belongs to NASA. The astronauts will have to enter their votes as they access their ballot. The vote is further delivered to the county clerk’s office through email.

The 2020 presidential election from the United States is scheduled for November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election. Voters will have to select presidential electors who, in turn, will have to vote on December 14, 2020, for either electing a new president and vice president or reelect Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Who is Kate Rubins

Kate Rubins is not an ordinary astronomer, as she managed to sequence DNA. She was also able to achieve this impressive milestone onboard of the International Space Station and during her first space mission. Kate Rubins is also preparing to be working on a cardiovascular experiment onboard the same space station.

The International Space Station is a collaboration project between five space agencies: the notorious NASA (USA), ESA (the European Space Agency), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and CSA (the Canadian Space Agency).

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