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NASA Would Like to Remind You to Vote

NASA posted this photo of Earth from space to remind U.S. citizens to vote on Election Day.
NASA posted this photo of Earth from space to remind U.S. citizens to vote on Election Day. (Image credit: NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration would like to remind citizens of the U.S. to vote today (Nov. 8).

The agency, which is funded by U.S. taxpayers, published a tweet that features a crisp view of the Earth from space (with North America front and center). The tweet says: "Good morning America! Today's #ElectionDay. Here's a look at our country on this Blue Marble. Remember to go vote today!"

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NASA astronauts who happen to be in space on Election Day typically take care of voting via absentee ballot, an option that has been available in Texas (where most astronauts reside) since 1997. The astronauts list their remote address as "low-Earth orbit."

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This year, two astronauts took advantage of absentee voting: Kate Rubins and astronaut Shane Kimbrough. Rubins returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday (Nov. 6), but completed her absentee ballot just in case her flight home had been delayed. Kimbrough is currently on the station.

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Calla Cofield
Calla Cofield joined the crew of in October, 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world. She'd really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Prior to joining Calla worked as a freelance science writer. Her work has appeared in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter