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Boeing Starliner spacecraft 'go' for 1st astronaut launch on May 

he new Starliner spacecraft is "go" for its first-ever astronaut launch on Monday (May 6), Boeing and NASA officials announced today (May 3).

Barring bad weather or any last-minute technical issues, Starliner was cleared to send two veteran NASA astronauts and former U.S. Navy

The duo are completing last-minute training items and quarantining here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center ahead of their historic liftoff

which is scheduled for Mondauy at 10:34 p.m. EDT (0234 GMT on Tuesday, May 7) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. C

We had the launch readiness review, and everyone polled 'go' to proceed," Steve Stich, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program

CFT will not only be the first time that Boeing's Starliner carries astronauts

Pending the success of CFT, Boeing will join SpaceX in sending operational, six-month-long crewed missions to the ISS.

Both companies received commercial crew contracts from NASA in 2014, with Boeing's valued at $4.2 billion back then, compared to SpaceX's $2.6 billion.

A handful of private space stations are in the works, so there may still be destinations for Starliner, Dragon and Soyuz after the ISS retires.

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