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Boeing's troubled Starliner makes it to the space station after second try

Boeing's troubled Starliner makes it to the space station after second try

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have opened the hatch of the recently docked Boeing Starliner

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, effectively ending a streak of misfortunes over the years for the spacecraft.

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The successful test mission helps to secure a second commercial carrier for shuttling astronauts to and from the space station.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Crew Dragon completed the same test in 2019 and has since taken 18 astronauts to the destination about 250 miles above Earth.

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No longer serviced by its own shuttle program, NASA relied on Russian rockets after 2011 to get crew into space.

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That period ended in 2020 when SpaceX took over that responsibility, but the U.S. space agency has been without any backup, which wasn't the original plan.

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