The picture which was shared on the NASA Astronauts Twitter page featured a photograph of Rubins, her blonde hair floating in the zero-gravity environment, in front of a white enclosure with a paper sign that reads "ISS voting booth".
Yes. Last week, American astronaut Kate Rubins cast ballot from the International Space Station (ISS). However, nowadays astronauts can be on the International Space Station for months at a time.
When former Texas State Senator Mike Jackson heard about it, he went to NASA and told them that he wanted to introduce a bill that would allow more people to vote, particularly men from space.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins outside the voting booth on the International Space Station.
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The Crew-1 mission will send NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The need to vote from space was the result of longer missions - as NPR reported, the typical mission on the since-retired Space Shuttle was less than two weeks. That is much like how navy members serving out of the U.S. cast their votes. As NASA gears up to send astronauts to the Moon and eventually to Mars one day, they have said that no matter where their astronauts are in the solar system, NASA will make sure they are able to vote.
In 1997 Texas handed a legislation permitting astronauts to vote throughout "spaceflight". They've stated that since then, a number of astronauts have practiced their proper to vote even once they had been a number of miles away from Earth. Then they use a space station training computer to test whether they're able to fill it out and send it back to the county clerk. Then they ship an e-mail with crew-member particular credentials to the astronaut. If she can do it from space, Rubins noted that others could also do it from the ground.
"The arrival of Crew-1 will increase the regular crew size of the space station's expedition missions from six to seven astronauts, adding to the amount of crew time available for research", NASA said in the statement.
Rubins will travel back to Earth in April 2021.