This particular NASA astronaut voted coming from space

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  • Shane Kimbrough will be a NASA astronaut
  • He voted inside the 2016 election
Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut currently living on board the International Space Station, filed his ballot in Tuesday’s presidential election, according to a Tumblr post by NASA.
NASA told Yahoo News of which Kimbrough filed his ballot inside the 2016 election coming from the space station sometime over the past few days.

For astronauts who will be in space on Election Day, the voting process starts a year before launch. At of which time, they are able to select the elections in which they want to participate.

Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with the form “Voter Registration along with Absentee Ballot Request — Federal Post Card Application.”

Image Kjell Lindgren released on social media of the US flag floating inside the Cupola module.
NASA astronaut David Wolf was the first American to vote in space while on the Russian Mir Space Station in a 1997 local election, according to NPR.

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