Investing in space: Boeing is getting closer to launching Starliner

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket sits on the pad the day after a launch attempt by two astronauts aboard Boeing’s Starliner-1 Crew Flight Test (CFT) was postponed due to technical problems ahead of a mission to the International Space Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA May 7, 2024.

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is finally on the path and is on the cusp of carrying astronauts for the first time. It’s a debut that’s imminent, yet feels bizarrely insignificant in the rarefied atmosphere of human spaceflight.

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