A vote for the US presidential election 250 miles away from earth

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins voted in favor of the United States presidential election last week 250 miles above the surface of the Earth

A vote for the US presidential election 250 miles away from earth

The first American to vote from space on a space station was NASA-astronaut David Wolf in 1997.

However this year 4 astronauts were ready to vote from the space.

And it was Kate Rubin who voted for the presidential election this year

In 2016, when she was a 48-49 participant of the Expedition, she voted for the first time from the voting stand of the International Space Station, making her second time to vote on a low Earth orbit this year.

Space voting was possible since 1997 when a resolution to allow space votes in the United States of Texas was introduced. In that year, the first American to vote in the Mir Space Station was NASA astronaut David Wolf.

Several NASA astronauts have also been conducting the civic duties in space.


This is how it works when voting from the space

The process begins with the completion of a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA), as an absent vote form.

Through completing the project before launch, NASA clarified in a statement that members of the crew of the space station are able to take part in a space option.

Astronauts from other countries may make special arrangements to vote from space for their respective counties.

The test is performed when the FPCA has been approved.

The Johnson Mission Control Center is connected to the voting crew member following a successful inspection by a secure electronic ballot produced by the clerk's office of the various counties in Texas.

The safe and full ballot passes through the Space Network of NASA, like most data transmitted from a space station to a mission.

Once the astronaut has filled out the electronic voting system specially built on the border laboratory, the document will flow to the White Sands Complex in New Mexico via the tracking and data camping satellite.

From New Mexico NASA is transferring the vote to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it is moved to the county officer in charge of casting the ballot. The vote is encrypted and available only to the astronaut and the officer to protect the legitimacy of the vote.

The astronaut has to vote at 7 p.m.