Boeing scandal continues: Astronauts are stranded in space


Lerato Khumalo

The return to Earth of Boeing’s Starliner shuttle and two NASA astronauts has been postponed again.

In the statement made on the website of the American Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it was reported that the return date of the Starliner shuttle and its crew, which left the Earth on June 5, has been postponed again.

It was noted that Starliner team Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will test the shuttle’s propulsion gear and hatch operations on the International Space Station (ISS), as well as conduct exercises to prepare the capsule to be used in emergency situations.


While returning to Earth, five different leaks were noticed on the ship. The astronauts were scheduled to return on June 14, but as Boeing and NASA worked to resolve the issues, the earliest return date to Earth was set for June 22.

It was also stated that the team will give details on the subject at the press conference to be held by NASA and Boeing officials on June 18.

After two postponements, Boeing sent the Starliner shuttle, carrying two NASA astronauts, into space for the first time on June 5.