After challenging docking, Boeing Starliner crew arrives at I.S.S.

After challenging docking, Boeing Starliner crew arrives at I.S.S.

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Starliner is the sixth US-built spacecraft to fly NASA astronauts, followed by the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs in the 1960s and 1970s, the Space Shuttle from 1981 to 2011 and SpaceX's Crew Dragon since 2020.

Between 2011 and 2020, the United States relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to get to the ISS.

Boeing's program suffered a number of setbacks, including a software bug that sent the spacecraft on the wrong path during its first unmanned test, and after a second test it was discovered that the cabin was stuffed with flammable electrical tape.

A successful mission would help erase bitter memories created by years of safety concerns and delays, and provide Boeing with much-needed relief from the deep safety concerns surrounding its passenger jets.

During their approximately week-long stay aboard the orbital outpost, Wilmore and Williams will continue evaluating spacecraft systems, including whether the spacecraft could be used as a safe haven in the event of an emergency aboard the ISS.

After undocking, the Starliner will re-enter the atmosphere, and the crew will experience 3.5Gs as they slow to about 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometers) per hour and land in the western United States with the help of parachutes and airbags.

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