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Astronauts in Orbit Cast Votes From Space

NASA astronauts on Earth and in space have sent in their votes for the U.S. presidential election and encouraged all Americans to remember to cast their own ballots Tuesday.Space station commander Michael Fincke and flight engineer Greg Chamitoff beamed their votes to Earth on Monday using a secure electronic ballot that was routed to their local County Clerk's Office by Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas."Today is voting day aboard the International Space Station," Fincke said Monday on NASA TV."If we can vote from up here, so can you," Chamitoff said as the station flew 220 miles (354 km) above Earth.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.The two spaceflyers are only the fifth and sixth American citizens ever to vote from space since 1997, when Texas lawmakers passed a state law that allows astronauts to cast ballots while living off Earth.In addition to Fincke and Chamitoff, only one other NASA astronaut — veteran spaceflyer Leroy Chiao — has vot...

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