Boeing Starliner launch announced for this Saturday, June 1

(CNN) — The long-awaited launch of the Boeing Starliner to the International Space Station is now scheduled for this Saturday, June 1 after NASA and Boeing teams agreed to go. Liftoff is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. Eastern time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a NASA statement.

The Boeing Starliner’s first crewed mission was last scheduled for Saturday, May 25, but was canceled after a helium leak was reported the week before, according to Boeing.

“NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams returned to Kennedy on May 28 and will remain quarantined in the Neil A. Armstrong Payment and Operations Building until Saturday’s launch,” NASA says. “The crew was previously quarantined in Houston as mission teams worked to resolve several issues with the rocket and spacecraft since an initial launch attempt on May 6 was thwarted.”

NASA says there are several more launch dates available, including Sunday, June 2, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6.

A press conference prior to the launch is scheduled for this Friday at 1:00 p.m.

 
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