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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson testifies before the Senate Appropriations’ Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee during a hearing on NASA’s budget request, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Ahead Of Starliner Mission NASA Chief Talks Commercial Crew Program, International Collaborations

Boeing is set to launch its Starliner capsule on a critical test Friday. The uncrewed mission will help NASA certify the vehicle for human spaceflights, transporting astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast. Ahead of the mission, WMFE’s Brendan Byrne caught up with NASA administrator Bill Nelson at the Kennedy Space Center to talk about the mission’s significance and the future of the commercial crew program.
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The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is secured atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on July 17, 2021. Photo: NASA

Starliner’s Redo & Measuring The Pulse Of Mars

Boeing’s Starliner is set to launch on an uncrewed mission from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station later this week on a critical test mission to certify the vehicle to fly astronauts. It’s a redo of a previous test attempt in late 2019 that failed to reach the space station. We’ll speak with Michelle Parker, Boeing’s space and launch chief engineer about the mission and what the team learned from the previous attempt.
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