Watch the landing of Boeing’s uncrewed Starliner, targeted at 6:49 p.m. EDT (22:49 UTC) at White Sands Space Harbor at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This return to Earth will wrap up the six-day Orbital Flight Test-2, which will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Boeing’s Starliner launched to the space station on Thursday, May 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, and docked to the orbiting laboratory on Friday, May 20. The crew opened Starliner’s hatch on Saturday, May 21. The spacecraft will return home with more than 600 pounds of cargo, including Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System reusable tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members. The tanks will be refurbished on Earth and sent back to station on a future flight.
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