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NASA’s Boeing Starliner achieves its first space flight with crew 



NASA's Boeing Starliner achieves its first space flight with crew

At 10:52 a.m. ET, the skies over Cape Canaveral roared as NASA’s Boeing Starliner embarked on its maiden flight with crew aboard. This historic mission carried veteran astronauts Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore into space, marking a significant milestone for NASA and Boeing after years of delays and technical challenges. 

Sunita Williams, now 58, has etched her name in the records of space history once again, becoming the first female astronaut to fly on the inaugural flight of a new space mission. This is her third journey into space, symbolizing both a personal achievement and a broader advancement in space exploration. 

Williams’ colleague Butch Wilmore joined NASA in 2000. With previous missions on the Space Shuttle and Russia’s Soyuz under his belt, Wilmore brings a wealth of experience from his days as a U.S. Navy pilot. 

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket propelled Starliner skyward, setting a course for the International Space Station (ISS). Approximately 15 minutes after launch, the rocket successfully released the Starliner capsule into orbit, a crucial step met with relief and joy at mission control. The capsule is expected to dock with the ISS at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, following about 25 hours in space. 

This mission represents the third attempt to successfully launch Starliner, aiming to rectify previous setbacks and demonstrate the spacecraft’s reliability. Once docked, Williams and Wilmore will spend approximately a week aboard the ISS, conducting essential tests on the Starliner to ensure its readiness for future missions. Depending on weather conditions, their stay could extend beyond June 14. 

The significance of this launch extends beyond technical achievement. Fellow astronauts aboard the ISS watched the event live, sharing glimpses of the historic moment on social media, connecting the terrestrial and celestial communities in celebration. 

The flight’s success is also a testament to the collaborative efforts in space exploration. NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), a critical tool for weather forecasting, captured the spacecraft’s fiery ascent, offering a breathtaking view of human ingenuity at work. 

As Williams and Wilmore prepare to rendezvous with the ISS, the world watches, inspired by the blend of daring and dedication that continues to propel us toward the stars.