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Astronaut Kate Rubins votes from space in US elections; NASA shares pic

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has voted from space in the US election using the ‘ISS voting booth’.

Rubins sent her vote through a secure electronic ballot using a makeshift voting booth on the International Space Station.

Kate Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off on October 15 from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station.

For the first time, they are trying a two-orbit, three-hour approach to the orbiting outpost. Previously it took twice as long for the crews to reach the station.

The trio will join the station’s NASA commander, Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been aboard the complex since April and are scheduled to return to Earth a week later.