NASA still expects Starliner to bring astronauts back from ISS

Wearing Boeing spacesuits, NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore (R) and Suni Williams depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center for Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to board the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for the Crew Flight Test launch on June 5, 2024.

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With NASA astronauts docked at the International Space Station for much longer than planned, agency leaders on Wednesday acknowledged possible alternatives to Boeing’s Starliner to bring the crew back to Earth.

Still, the Boeing spacecraft remains the main option for the returning crew, officials said.

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