Sunita Williams Makes History Aboard Boeing Starliner’s First Crewed Mission

Written on 06/05/2024
Asia91 Team

Cape Canaveral, FL - Indian-origin NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, alongside Butch Wilmore, has made history by flying aboard the Boeing Starliner’s first-ever crewed mission. At 59, Williams became the first woman to fly on the maiden mission of a new human-rated spacecraft.


The crew launched at 10:52 a.m. ET on the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. "Liftoff! Go #AtlasV! Go Centaur! Go #Starliner!" Boeing Space announced on X, adding, "Godspeed, Butch Wilmore and @Astro_Suni!"


This historic flight follows several delays over the years. Initially scheduled for May 7, the launch was postponed due to a helium leak and an issue with the ground power supply at ULA. This third attempt saw a 90% favorable weather forecast.


Butch Wilmore, 61, commands the flight, with Williams piloting. The duo will spend approximately a week at the International Space Station (ISS) before returning to Earth aboard the reusable crew capsule.


The Starliner mission marks a significant milestone for Boeing and NASA, aiming to carry astronauts and cargo for future missions to low Earth orbit and beyond. The success of this mission is crucial for the future of American spaceflight and international space exploration efforts.


Williams' participation highlights the growing diversity in space exploration, inspiring many with her achievements. As the Starliner embarks on its journey, it represents a new era of space travel, promising advancements in technology and opportunities for deeper space missions.




  • Historic Flight: First-ever crewed mission of Boeing Starliner
  • Launch Details: 10:52 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Crew Composition: Butch Wilmore commanding, Sunita Williams piloting
  • Mission Duration: Approximately one week at ISS
  • Significance: Milestone for Boeing, NASA, and American spaceflight


This mission underscores the critical advancements in space technology and the growing inclusivity in astronaut representation, setting the stage for future explorations.


The successful launch of the Boeing Starliner with Sunita Williams piloting marks a new chapter in space travel, fostering hope for more groundbreaking missions ahead.