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Uncrewed Boeing Starliner capsule undocks from space station for return to Earth – Metro US

Uncrewed Boeing Starliner capsule undocks from space station for return to Earth

FILE PHOTO: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule launches aboard a United
FILE PHOTO: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule launches aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on a second un-crewed test flight to the International Space Station, at Cape Canaveral

(Reuters) – The uncrewed new Boeing Starliner capsule undocked from the International Space Station on Wednesday to begin a descent back to Earth from its first journey to the outpost, nearing the end of a high-stakes test flight as NASA’s next vehicle for carrying humans to orbit.

Less than a week after its launch from the Cape Canaveral U.S. Space Force Base in Florida, the CST-100 Starliner autonomously separated from the space station at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT) to embark on a five-hour-plus return flight.

The undocking occurred as the two vehicles were orbiting 257 miles over Singapore, commentators said during a live NASA webcast of the maneuvers.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Chris Reese)

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