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NASA releases first photo of Starliner crew on space station

A NASA released the first photo of the crew of the Starliner spacecraft from the Boeing , after their arrival at the International Space Station, at 2:30 pm (Brasília time) this Thursday (6). The vehicle made its first manned launch on Wednesday (5) after a series of postponements.

In the image published on the official website of the United States government space agency, astronauts appear Suni Williams and the commander Butch Wilmore (who made the trip) alongside other agents who were at the station. The two appear in blue uniforms.

Although the spacecraft docked at 2:30 pm, Williams and Wilmore (click here to find out more about them) only entered the station at 4:45 pm, according to a NASA publication.

The engagement was broadcast live on the agency’s YouTube channel around the world. See what the coupling moment was like in the video below.

In total, Starliner transported around 344 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

In addition to a replacement pump that will help keep the station’s closed water loop flowing, the crew is bringing food, clothing, medical supplies, exercise equipment, supplies and tools to the vehicle, as well as photography and media equipment.

Boeing Starliner crew

The mission launched on Wednesday, known as Crew Flight Test (manned flight test, in literal translation), represented the culmination of Boeing’s efforts to develop a spacecraft capable of rivaling SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, and expanding the United States’ options for taking astronauts to the ISS.

The American agency’s initiative aims to foster collaboration with private industry partners.

See photos of Boeing’s Starliner rocket

Source: CNN Brasil

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