Veteran astronaut Sunita Williams is going back to Space! NASA was retiring the Space Shuttle and they had to find a replacement so they made this program called the Commercial Crew Development Program in which any commercial company can make a rocket and crew module and NASA will pay for it. So, two companies got selected - #SpaceX and #Boeing. #SpaceX made the Crew Dragon and #Boeing made the CST-100 Starliner. So today (27/05/2020) #SpaceX is going to do a launch with Bob Benkehn and Doug Hurley. But guess who's going to go with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner - Sunita Williams !!!
About Sunita Williams :-
Sunita Williams born on September 19, 1965 and is an Indian origin astronaut and United States Navy officer who formerly held the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven) and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). Williams was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33.
About the Boeing CST-100 Starliner :-
The Boeing CST-100 Starliner is a reusable crew capsule manufactured by Boeing as its participation in NASA's Commercial Crew Development program. Its primary purpose is to transport crew to the International Space Station (ISS) and to private space stations such as the proposed Bigelow Aerospace Commercial Space Station.The capsule has a diameter of 4.56 m, which is slightly larger than the Apollo command module and smaller than the Orion capsule. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner holds a crew of up to seven people and is being designed to be able to remain in-orbit for up to seven months with reusability of up to ten missions. It is designed to be compatible with four launch vehicles: Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon 9, and Vulcan.