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In 2018, SpaceX and Boeing were competing with each other to build a spaceflight to take astronauts into the International Space Station for the American Space Agency NASA. In 2019 March, Elon Musk’s SpaceX completed a crewless mission when it delivered the loads to International Space Station by using its Crew Dragon spacecraft. On the other hand, after delaying its testing several times, SpaceX’s rival Boeing will launch a similar mission tomorrow with its CST-100 Starliner vehicle. 

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The American Space Agency, NASA, previously selected these two companies to build spacecraft for its commercial flights, way back in 2012. NASA is calling the mission as a space taxi, which is a part of the Commercial Crew Program. Though Boeing’s program has seen several delays, experts are quite interested in today’s launch. The mission will speak about the capability of the company, an expert revealed. The CST-100 required to complete several complicated maneuvers to reach the space station; as a result, this mission might declare the fate of the company in the space exploration. Docking is another thing that scientists are eagerly waiting to witness, as it takes a certain amount of skill set to perform the complicated docking in the micro-gravity. 

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The mission is similar to SpaceX’s mission, as both the mission does not include any crew members. The spacecraft will carry a device called Rosie, which will record all data related to the mission. The ULA Atlas V rocket will take the mission into the International Space Station. The vehicle is completely ready for future missions. The vehicle will launch from the platform at 06:36 a.m. ET. If you are interested in this development, you can enjoy the whole event from the official site of NASA. NASA will broadcast the event as early as 5:30 a.m. ET. The launch is the biggest event for Boeing this year and might decide its future as well.

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Born in Florida, brought up in New York, Nick Nesser is known as the best author for the Space section of Galaxy Reporters. Also, he is best known for his research on astronomy and his love for the satellites.



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