On October 27th, the United States saw a first in its history -- a NASA astronaut casting a vote from outer space. Astronaut Kate Rubins, currently ab
On October 27th, the United States saw a first in its history — a NASA astronaut casting a vote from outer space. Astronaut Kate Rubins, currently aboard the International Space Station, was able to exercise her right to vote all the way from Earth’s orbit.
The ability to exercise her right to vote was made possible through the Vote From Space project, launched by the nonprofit group SpaceLaw.org. The project works to provide astronauts and other workers in space the same right to vote that is granted to other citizens. By carrying out this project, the United States is registering its commitment to maintaining its commitment to democracy, no matter where its citizens are located.
The project was enabled by combining secure technology with space-specific requirements. The Election Assistance Commission worked with their partners to ensure the secure transmission of Rubins’ ballot from space to Earth. Fortunately, the transmission was successful, and the Mission Control team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston received the ballot from the station.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Rubins commented on her experience: “I am so excited to have been able to vote from space! I hope that my experience can help make it possible for everyone to exercise their right to vote no matter where they are in the world. It is an important responsibility of being a citizen.”
Ultimately, Rubins’ vote will be included with all of the other votes cast during the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This is a milestone in U.S. history and demonstrates how technology can be used to expand democracy beyond Earth’s traditional boundaries.
NASA Astronaut Votes from Space
The Ground Breaking Moment
The democratic process is a key part of any nation’s identity, so it is fitting that a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station helped make history this week by becoming the first person to vote from space.
At 10:24 EST Monday morning astronaut Kate Rubins cast her ballot from outer space, showing that democracy knows no bounds.
The Impact of this Move
It is this kind of pioneering spirit that has helped the American economy and national pride soar for over two centuries. With this ground-breaking move, a powerful message is sent to our citizens and the world at large that there is no limit to how far we can go to ensure our population is fully participating in democracy.
Rubins’ courageous move is a reminder held near to heart that our representative government is established to reflect the will and desires of the people. Showcasing this dedication to all kinds of representation, from the comfort of our own homes to outer-space.
The Voter In Space
The inspirational journy of Kate Rubins is far from over. But her journey to outer space voting has certainly started a new precedent. Since 2009, laws have allowed astronauts to vote from aboard the space station, but no one person has ever done it before. Now Rubins’ courageous vote has opened the doors to potentially millions.
An example of our nation’s deep democratic roots, Rubins was born in California, holds dual-citizenship in the US and UK, and is an avid CrossFitter and musician. Her crucial vote from orbit is as remarkable as her glowing career.
The Legacy of Astronaut Voting
Rubins’ decision to become the first person to vote from space marks a momentous and powerful shift in the voting landscape for citizens around the world.
As future astronauts explore the depths of space, that potential factor of casting a vote from an international platform is now there to be activated when necessary.
The same space exploration which led to these monumental moments in history can also be credited with facilitating a historic move in the realm of voter representation, guaranteeing that no matter where you are, you can still take part in the democratic process.