Launch of Boeing Starliner carrying Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams postponed

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NEW DELHI: ULA launch director Tom Heter III on Tuesday announced that the launch of Atlas V and Starliner which was scheduled for today, have been postponed.
“Today’s Starliner launch is scrubbed as teams evaluate an oxygen relief valve on the Centaur Stage on the Atlas V. Our astronauts have exited Starliner and will return to crew quarters,” said Nasa in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Indian-origin astronaut Captain Sunita Williams and her colleague, veteran Nasa astronaut Butch Wilmore, were part of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The launch, which would have marked the first crewed test flight of the Starliner, was scheduled to take place at 10:34pm EDT on May 6 (8:04 am IST on May 7) from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
As part of its commitment to the ISS, Boeing has planned six manned missions for the Starliner over the next six years. NASA intends to use both SpaceX‘s Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner to send astronauts to the ISS at least every six months from US soil.
(With inputs from agencies)

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