Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson steps down from Starliner flight

  • Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson is stepping down from the first crewed test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spaceship for family obligations, including his daughter’s wedding.
  • Boeing’s crewed test flight, part of its efforts with NASA to develop new human spaceflight capsules, has been delayed after software issues prevented the Starliner from reaching the space station during an uncrewed test flight.
  • NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore will take Ferguson’s place.
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The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has pulled himself off the crew so he’s on Earth — not at the International Space Station — for his daughter’s wedding next year.

It’s the second crew switch for Boeing’s Starliner capsule, grounded until the end of this year or early next because of software problems encountered during the first test flight last December.

Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson announced his decision Wednesday. Last year, NASA astronaut Eric

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