One of those things that never occur to me

  • Expedition 33 commander Sunita "Suni" Williams takes part in an interview with from on board the International Space Station on Oct. 19, 2012.Expedition 33 commander Sunita …

Extreme Voting: How Astronauts Cast Ballots from Space

By Mike Wall |

Call it the ultimate absentee ballot. NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have the option of voting in tomorrow’s (Nov. 6) presidential election from orbit, hundreds of miles above their nearest polling location.

Astronauts residing on the orbiting lab receive a digital version of their ballot, which is beamed up by Mission Control at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Filled-out ballots find their way back down to Earth along the same path.

“They send it back to Mission Control,” said NASA spokesman Jay Bolden of JSC. “It’s a secure ballot that is then sent directly to the voting authorities.” Read rest at


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