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Why NASA wants Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Dragon for astronaut missions

NASAWhy NASA wants Boeing's Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon for astronaut missions

HOUSTON — The United States’ second private crew-carrying spacecraft is finally ready to bear astronauts.

NASA and Boeing teams recently cleared for liftoff the Crew Flight Test (CFT) of Boeing’s Starliner, which is set to launch on May 6. Starliner will be the second spacecraft funded by the agency’s commercial crew program to carry astronauts, following SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, which made its crewed debut in May 2020.

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