Monday, March 03, 2008
Malenchenko Votes in Russian Election from the Orbiting Space Station
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko cast his ballot from the International Space Station in the presidential election held Sunday for the successor to President Vladimir Putin.
As in the 2007 parliamentary elections, Malenchenko voted "distantly," making his decision heard via a trusted person in the mission control center, who learned about his choice during the radio contact and thereupon preceeding to cast his ballot. To honor Malenchenko's vote, the cosmonaut corps in Star City, Russia went to the Cosmonauts' House where three polling stations were set up to cast their ballots simultaneously with their comrade cosmonaut Malenchenko.
Malenchenko did not say he voted for the new Russian President-Elect Dmitry Medvedev preferring to keep his ballot secret.