American Astronaut Aboard the International Space Station Casts His Vote for Elections 2016
The race between Republican candidate, Donald Trump and Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton has been long and interesting to say the least. Considering the fanfare and the issues that plagued the campaign, most if not all are on edge regarding the result of the elections. Needless to say, the sole American outside of the Earth's atmosphere eagerly cast his vote and is now awaiting the outcome of Election 2016.
In a recent post in their official Tumblr account, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA confirmed that Shane Kimbrough, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, has filed his vote sometime in the last few days.
Before launching for the space station, Kimbrough has gushed over having to vote in space. According to the astronaut as reported by ABC News, it would be very special to say that he got to vote outside of earth. Kimbrough is scheduled to return to orbit in February of next year. He explains that he is excited to return home with a new commander in chief -- whoever that might be.
"And I'll be glad to welcome the new president, whoever that is" said Kimbrough.
Kimbrough is not the first astronaut to cast a ballot for the US elections. In 1997, David Wolf became the first American to vote in space aboard the Mir Space Station. In 2004, Leroy Chiao was the first person to vote for a U.S. presidential elections. According to Chiao, the process is not at all complicated. He explains in an interview with NPR that his vote was more symbolic than anything else:
"In practical terms, it's a fairly simple thing to do, buy symbolically I think it was important. And that's why we took the effort to make all the public service announcements and to try to get the word out."