ATLANTA – NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she intends to cast her next vote from space, more than 200 miles above Earth.
Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and six-month stay at the International Space Station.
“I think it’s really important for everyone to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I think people can do it from the ground too.”
Most of the US astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using secure electronic voting. Mission Control forwards the vote to the space station and relays the completed vote to the county clerk.
“It is vital to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
NASA astronauts have already voted from space. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough voted from the International Space Station.
Rubins, the first person to sequence 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 continued human presence on the space station and welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, scheduled for late October.