Boeing Starliner Successfully Launches after Years of Delays

June 5, 2024

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U.S. astronaut Butch Wilmore shortly before successfully launching on the Boeing Starliner capsule. Wilmore joins astronaut Suni Williams on a 25-hour journey to the International Space Station where the two will spend more than a week at the space lab.

Why It Matters: After years of scrubbed attempted launches because of spacecraft flaws, the Boeing Starliner successfully launched on Wednesday morning. It marks the beginning of Boeing’s ability to charter flights with NASA to and from the International Space Station, serving as a type of space taxi service. If the Boeing mission goes well (expected to wrap up June 14), NASA plans to alternate between SpaceX and Boeing for sending astronauts and supplies into space.

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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas