(Natalia Cuevas-Huaico - Kelowna Capital News)

Morning Start: A Texas law allows astronauts to vote from space

Your morning start for Friday, August 14, 2020

Things are gradually heating up in the Okanagan and Shuswap as we approach a weekend with temperatures in the low to mid 30s. For today, expect a few clouds and highs of around 28 C.

Fun Fact of the day:

At roughly 350 kilometres from earth, the International Space Station is a long way from the voting booth on Election Day.

That’s why, in a democratic nod to astronauts, state legislators in Texas passed a bill in 1997 that made it possible to cast a ballot from space in any local, state or federal election.

One might ask, why Texas? NASA’s Johnson Space Centre is located in Houston, which is therefore where a majority of American Astronauts live.

The first astronaut to do so was David Wolf, when in 1997 he cast his ballot from Russia’s Mir Space Station as it orbited the earth at more than 27,000 km/h!

Weather forecast according to Environment Canada:

In Kelowna:

In Vernon:

In Penticton:

In Salmon Arm:

In case you missed it:

A man who drove an ATV int a crowd at an outdoor music festival near Princeton last summer has been sentenced to 14 months in jail. The 25-year-old Merritt man pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing bodily harm in Princeton court on Thursday (Aug. 13).

Video of the day:

Just for fun, see if your mind can withstand this dizzying display of the scale of the universe!

READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre, involves 3 staff


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Environment Canada weather

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Child sex offender relocated from Princeton after newspaper reveals his proximity to school

Offender convicted in 2019 of charges related to sex assault and child pornography

Okanagan School of the Arts unveils fall class lineup

Pre-registration for the first course on Sept. 20

WATCH: Meet Bella, Cawston’s talking cat

Bella has achieved international recognition for her speaking skills

Keremeos, Oliver landfills receive upgrades

Used motor oil, oil filters and anti-freeze can now be disposed off at the landfills

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Open houses planned to discuss future of Summerland Aquatic Centre

Municipality seeking input about proposed replacement

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Fundraiser set up to held 10-year-old Summerland girl with cancer

Danica Yeoman is undergoing treatment at BC Children’s Hospital

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Interior Health reports four new cases of COVID-19

First hospitalization since mid-August announced

Most Read