The astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will open the hatch to Starliner for the first time this morning as the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) for the Boeing spacecraft continues. The hatch opening will take place at about 11:30 a.m. ET and will be seen on NASA TV and at www.nasa.gov/live. The crew also is expected to talk about the importance of having a new crew-rated spacecraft to serve the needs of the ISS, which has been operating in low-Earth orbit for more than 20 years. A product of a partnership between NASA and Boeing, Starliner is designed to take astronauts to the ISS and other future destinations near Earth. Starliner is not carrying any crew members during its current orbital flight test.
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