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Boeing delays Starliner return by ‘weeks' for testing, NASA says astronauts aren't stranded

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NASA and Boeing are extending the first crewed flight of the Starliner capsule, without setting a new return date. Additional ground testing is being conducted before the capsule leaves the International Space Station. Boeing’s crew flight test, carrying NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, is the first time the Starliner is transporting people. The spacecraft will remain at the ISS for further testing while the team conducts thruster technology tests in New Mexico. The delay aims to gather more data about the spacecraft’s performance. Starliner will then undergo certification for operational missions.