NASA announces new target launch date for Boeing's Starliner spacecraft

NASA recently announced that the launch of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, which is set to be the first astronaut-crewed flight into space, has been delayed several times. The new target launch date is Saturday, June 1, 2024, with backup dates set for June 2, June 5, and June 6. The launch was originally scheduled for May 6 but was delayed due to an issue with an oxygen valve on the rocket manufactured by United Launch Alliance. Subsequently, a leak was discovered in the service module, which led to another delay.

The Starliner spacecraft is designed to carry a seven-person crew and is set to be tested by NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams. The goal of the flight is to evaluate the spacecraft and its systems, and if successful, NASA could certify the spacecraft to perform routine missions to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

The entire mission is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which intends to use American rockets and spacecraft to prepare for upcoming moon and Mars missions. This program aims to transport both crew and cargo to the ISS.

Leah Sarnoff and Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.

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