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


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. This was a second uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station. It took place at Cape Canaveral in Florida on May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

(Reuters) – The new uncrewed Boeing (NYSE: ) Starliner capsule began a descent to Earth on Wednesday from the International Space Station after its initial journey to that outpost. It was nearing completion of a highly-stakes flight test as NASA’s next spacecraft for carrying people to orbit.

The CST-100 Starliner separated autonomously from the Cape Canaveral U.S. Space Force Base in Florida at 2:36 PM EDT (1836 GMT). This was less than one week after it launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral U.S. Space Force Base. It then took off for a return flight of five hours and more.

Commentators on a NASA live webcast said that undocking happened as the vehicles orbited at 257 degrees above Singapore.