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Boeing Starliner capsule returns to Earth, capping key uncrewed test mission

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Boeing Co’s Starliner astronaut capsule returned from the International Space Station and landed in New Mexico on Wednesday,

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, capping a high-stakes test flight as NASA’s next vehicle for carrying humans to orbit.

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Less than a week after its launch from the Cape Canaveral US Space Force Base in Florida,

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, the CST-100 Starliner capsule plunged through Earth’s atmosphere Wednesday evening ahead of a parachute-assisted descent over the desert of White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.

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The roughly five-hour return trip from the space station, an orbital outpost some 250 miles above Earth,

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checks off the last leg of a repeat test flight that Boeing had first attempted in 2019, but failed to complete after running into software failures.

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