BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Thomas Pesquet shows how it is possible to vote even if you are in space. The French astronaut, who is part of the European Space Agency, cast his vote during the French election while on the International Space Station.
The French election caught the astronaut Thomas Pesquet on duty on the International Space Station. However, he wanted to take advantage of his right to vote, so he found a solution to cast his ballot during both the first and the second round of the election.
Pesquet appointed a French colleague to vote for him
He could not cast the vote himself, but he obtained the right to have someone else do it for him. In fact, he gave the power of attorney to a colleague who went and voted on behalf of Pesquet. The matter was not easy, but he managed to settle the issues with the consulate and overcome all the difficulties. Despite living abroad, he could appoint a French colleague to go and vote for him.
At 39 years old, Pesquet is the youngest astronaut ever sent by the European Space Agency on the International Space Station. He has been aboard since November 2016, but he was also engaged in extravehicular activities (EVA).
During these activities, he performed maintenance operations on the station, such as upgrading the batteries of the spacecraft. Before returning to Earth at the end of May, Pesquet should be completing one more EVA, together with the veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson.
Pesquet joins the long list of astronauts who voted from space
This is not the first time when an astronaut votes while being in space. In November 2016, Shane Kimbrough also voted during the U.S. presidential election. Both him and Pesquet are the newest on the list of astronauts who voted while being out in space on the orbit.
Through this, they want to remind people how important it is to vote and to express their civic right. Also, they want to show that being in space is no excuse to avoid voting, so nobody should skip this, but do their duty as civilians.
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