NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough is off the planet at the moment, but he still had his say in this year’s presidential election.
Kimbrough, commander of the current Expedition 50 aboard the International Space Station (ISS), was able to vote from orbit thanks to procedures put in place by Texas legislators in 1997. (Most NASA astronauts live in the Lone Star State; Johnson Space Center, the hub of NASA’s human spaceflight program, is in Houston.)
The “voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts are able to select which elections (local/state/federal) that they want to participate in while in space,” NASA officials wrote in a Tumblr post recently. “Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with a standard form: the ‘Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request — Federal Post Card Application. ‘”