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NASA switches astronaut on Boeing’s 1st crewed Starliner spacecraft test flight
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Space.com (1/22): NASA announced Tuesday that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer prepare to fly aboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner as part of planned Commercial Crew Program test flight activities because of an undisclosed medical issue. The flight, planned for August, is part of NASA’s effort to re-establish a U.S. human space launch capability that ended in 2011, with the retirement of NASA’s shuttle fleet. Boe will be replaced by veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who currently serves as assistant commercial crew program chief in the NASA astronaut office. Boe will assume previous Fincke’s duties. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners include Boeing and SpaceX. The crewed test flights are to be preceded by uncrewed test flights of Boeing’s ...