Boeing's 1st Starliner to visit space station looks spectacular in these astronaut photos

Boeing’s 1st Starliner to visit space station looks spectacular in these astronaut photos

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station in this stunning photo by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. (Image credit: Samantha Cristoforetti/European Space Agency)

It’s not every day a brand new spaceship arrives at the International Space Station. So when a Boeing Starliner space capsule made its historic first docking at the orbiting lab this weekend, you can bet astronauts were watching.

Boeing’s first uncrewed Starliner spacecraft to visit the station docked Friday night (May 20) and new photos from the orbiting lab’s crew captured the moment in spectacular detail. Starliner’s mission, called Orbital Flight Test 2, is a critical test flight to see if the commercial space taxi is ready to fly astronauts to the station for NASA. 


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