SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) _ Talk about absentee ballots.

Astronaut David Wolf voted via e-mail from Russia's space station Mir this week to become the first American to vote from space.

``Voting ... is more important from space than I ever felt on the Earth,'' Wolf said Friday. ``You feel connected to the Earth and to your country.''

Wolf, a registered voter in Texas, received his ballot last week by way of Moscow from the Harris County elections chief. The ballot included the Houston mayoral race, other city offices and local issues.

The 41-year-old doctor, who is one month into his four-month mission, said he's not counting the days until he returns to Earth. But he noted: ``The first day I pull into a Stop-N-Go and just get out of the car and buy a cup of coffee, that's going to seem like a great delicacy.''