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ISS-bound Boeing Starliner successfully launches after 2 previous failed attempts
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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft successfully launched into orbit Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral on its way to the International Space Station, NASA said.
The unmanned spacecraft carrying around 800 pounds of cargo is expected to dock at the ISS around 7:10 p.m. ET Friday, NASA explained in a post-launch briefing. The hatch will be opened Saturday morning.
The delayed launch was Boeing's first successful launch after two previous failed attempts to get to the ISS.
"What an amazing launch," Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Operation Mission Directorate said in the briefing. "We’re working a couple of things … but overall the vehicle so far has – it’s made its insertion burn, and it’s ready to go, and we’re really looking forward to it showing up at the International Space Station."
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