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Sunita Williams to vote from space

world Updated: Jul 15, 2012 14:58 IST

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams, who took off for her second space mission on Sunday, will cast her vote from the International Space Station in the US presidential election to be held in November, just about a week before her return to the Earth.

46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide today took off their space journey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Williams is scheduled to return to earth on November 12. Day for voting for the US president is November 6. So she will be casting her vote in the election through NASA's special programme called 'Voting from Space'.

"We'll, there's a programme called Voting from Space, we're working through it right now. I'm a, actually a Florida voter so it, we had to have a little bit more work involved—Texas has already, worked through the process—and I, I will actually be voting from space," Williams said before her flight.

Incumbent President Barack Obama will face Republican Mitt Romney in the November election.