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Astronauts see superstorm Sandy from space station

Associated Press Modified: October 30, 2012 at 9:18 am •  Published: October 30, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The superstorm that has been ravaging the East Coast is enormous, even when seen from space.

Astronaut Sunita Williams, commander of the International Space Station, said Tuesday that she and her crew were able to make out the big swirl at the center of Sandy as it neared land Monday. The cloud cover stretched from the Atlantic almost all the way to Chicago.

Her parents live in Falmouth, Mass., and she's keeping a special watch over what's happening on the Eastern Seaboard.

"It's pretty huge," Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I hope everybody down there is safe and sound."

As for the other big news — the U.S. presidential election — Williams and the one other American on board, Kevin Ford, already have cast their votes. The two filed absentee ballots before riding Russian rockets to orbit from Kazakhstan.

"We'll see if we picked the right candidate," Williams said with a laugh.

Ford, a Texas resident and retired Air Force colonel, arrived at the space station just last week. Williams, on board since July, will return to Earth right before Thanksgiving. Ever since her Naval flight school days, she's voted as a Florida resident. She's an active-duty Navy captain.

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