NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to make her vote for the 2020 presidential election on the International Space Station — in excess of 200 miles over the Earth’s surface, as indicated by The Associated Press.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” said Rubins.
“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
Rubins, who is right now positioned in Star City, Russia, alongside two different astronauts, is getting ready for her trip into space in October and will finish a six-month remain at the ISS.
She says she won’t let an easily overlooked detail like low-earth orbit prevent her from exercising her right to vote.
“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” she said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
Most United States astronauts live in Houston, where election law allows astronauts to vote while drifting among the stars.
Her vote would be projected safely using an electronic voting form handed-off to Mission Control, which will at that point forward it on to the county clerk.
In 2016, both Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their vote from space.
During her half year tour on the ISS, Rubins will praise the 20th anniversary of the consistent human presence in the space station, as well as welcome the second Space X group, who are set to show up later than expected October.