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Third time’s the charm — Boeing’s Starliner crewed flight test has finally launched

An image showing the Boeing Starliner taking off
Screenshot: NASA

The third attempt at a crewed launch of the Boeing Starliner was a success. On Wednesday at 10:52AM ET, the spacecraft lifted off atop the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and now has reached a “safe, stable orbit.”

The Starliner will bring NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sunita Williams to the International Space Station about 24 hours from now, where they’ll “test the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system, including launch, docking, and return to Earth.” The two astronauts will stay at the ISS for about a week before parachuting down in the western portion of the US.

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