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US Poll: NASA astronaut casts absentee vote from space

Shane Kimbrough, Casted His Vote Inside The Orbiting International Space Station, It Said On Monday.

PTI | Updated on: 08 Nov 2016, 10:15:04 AM
NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough (Getty Image)


Keeping up with a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, the lone American astronaut in outer space has casted his vote, NASA has said.

Shane Kimbrough, casted his vote inside the orbiting International Space Station, it said on Monday. Kimbrough rode a Russian Soyuz rocket to the ISS on October 19 to start a four-month mission at the research outpost, along with two Russian cosmonauts.

US astronauts have been able to vote from space since 1997, under Texas law. Most astronauts live in the Houston area, home to NASA's mission control and Johnson Space Center. The first American to vote from space was David Wolf, who cast his ballot from the Russian space station Mir.

"Current space station resident astronaut Shane Kimbrough is the most recent astronaut to take advantage of the opportunity," NASA said in a statement. The agency did not give details on how the vote was transmitted.

There was no word from NASA or Kimbrough on which candidate he picked for president. 

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First Published : 08 Nov 2016, 10:11:00 AM

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