Boeing's "Starliner" capsule takes first test flight

By Associated Press
December 20, 2019


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Boeing's new Starliner capsule is rocketing toward the International Space Station on its first test flight.

Friday's liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, marks the start of a crucial dress rehearsal for next year's inaugural launch with astronauts. The Starliner carries Christmas treats and presents for the six station residents and a mannequin named Rosie in the commander's seat. The test dummy, named after the World War II riveter, is wearing a red polka dot bandanna just like the original Rosie and Boeing's custom blue spacesuit.

The Starliner should reach the space station Saturday morning.

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