Boeing Starliner Undocks from International Space Station and Safely Returns to Earth

Boeing Starliner Undock International Space Station Return Earth
The NASA x Boeing Starliner CST-100 undocked from the International Space Station and landed safely Wednesday in the desert of the western United States. This marks the completion of the uncrewed six day Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the ISS to help prove the system is ready to fly human astronauts. Approximately 4-hours after departing the ISS, Starliner touched down onto its airbags at 4:49 p.m. MDT.

CST-100 was promptly retrieved by Boeing from the desert and is currently being transported back to the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for processing. Once there, NASA and Boeing will begin reviewing this data and continue to make plans for Starliner’s next mission, the Crew Flight Test, to the space station. Who knows? Tom Cruise’s trip to the ISS may be aboard a Boeing Starliner capsule in the future.

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I am incredibly proud of the dedication and perseverance shown by the NASA, Boeing and ULA team culminating in the successful completion of Starliner’s second Orbital Flight Test from start to finish. Throughout this process, Starliner has provided a tremendous amount of valuable data, which we’re continuing to assess in our effort to bring the spacecraft online and fully operational for crew flights to the space station as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Steve Stich, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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