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Tax Day 2019 Reaches Astronauts in Space, Too

NASA astronauts Anne McClain, Christina Koch and Nick Hague conduct spacesuit maintenance in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Like most Americans on Earth, astronauts has to file their taxes for 2018 by April 15, 2019.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain, Christina Koch and Nick Hague conduct spacesuit maintenance in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Like most Americans on Earth, astronauts has to file their taxes for 2018 by April 15, 2019. (Image credit: NASA)

For U.S. citizens, there's no escaping Tax Day — not even if you've left planet Earth. 

Millions of Americans are expected to have filed their taxes for 2018 by midnight tonight today, and the three NASA astronauts currently living and working at the International Space Station are no exception — even if they are orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometers) from the nearest H&R Block. 

Tax Day can be a big source of anxiety for those of us who waited until the last minute to get started (you know who you are), but NASA's astronauts are no procrastinators on filing their taxes. "Generally speaking, they do it before their mission begins or [they] get assistance from family members to file in their stead," NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean told Space.com in an email.

Related: Expedition 59 Space Station Mission in Photos

NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Anne McClain and Christina Koch make up half of the six-person Expedition 59 crew. McClain launched to the space station in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft in December, while Hague and Koch arrived on the Soyuz MS-12 in March

Because McClain left for space before the end of 2018, she couldn't have finished filing her taxes for the year beforehand and may have had some help from her husband down on Earth. Hague and Koch, on the other hand, had three months to do their taxes on Earth before they launched. 

Also onboard the station are Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos. The non-American crewmembers aren't off the hook for filing taxes; both Canada and Russia have their Tax Day coming up on April 30.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.