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NASA Still Expects Starliner to Return Astronauts from International Space Station

NASA Still Expects Starliner to Return Astronauts from International Space Station

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore (right) and Suni Williams, wearing Boeing spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Departure Building at Kennedy Space Center for Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to board Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for a crewed test flight, June 5, 2024.

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With NASA astronauts staying on the International Space Station much longer than planned, agency leadership on Wednesday acknowledged there are potential alternatives to Boeing’s Starliner to return crews to Earth.

However, Boeing’s spacecraft remains the primary option for crew return, officials said.