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NASA replaces one of the astronauts with Boeing's first flight to the space station



NASA replaces one of the astronauts assigned to fly on the first test launch of the CST-100 Starliner, a capsule developed by Boeing to take passengers to the International Space Station. NASA today announced that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer fly the mission due to unspecified "medical reasons". Instead, US NASA astronaut Mike Finke will take the place of Boe.

from 2018, along with eight other astronauts involved in the founding missions for NASA's commercial crew program. (In fact, Boe has been involved in the program over the last three years.) Through this initiative, two private companies ̵

1; SpaceX and Boeing – are developing capsules to transfer astronauts back and forth from the low Earth orbit where the ISS is located. SpaceX has modernized its Dragon Crew Carriage Cap, while Boeing is working on the all-new CST-100 Starliner.


NASA astronaut Mike Finke
Image After five years of development, both capsules must finally be released into space for the first time this year. The plan is for every vehicle to first make an unread test flight, where they will be released and will be uploaded to the ISS for several days. If these trips are considered successful by NASA, then companies will once again transfer the capsules, this time with the first test travelers. Boe had to be on this critical flight to Boeing, along with NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Chris Ferguson, a former NASA astronaut who now works at Boeing. Its release is conditional for August, a month after SpaceX will have its first crew.

Fincke comes with a lot of experience in the space flight, as this will be his fourth trip into space. An Air Force colonel, retired, he ruled two Russian Soyuz missiles, as well as the Indever Space Shuttle. NASA says Fincke will start training immediately with Mann and Ferguson. Meanwhile, Boe will continue to work on the program by reporting to the head of the commercial team at NASA's astronaut office, according to the space agency.


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