Astronaut Chris Ferguson chooses daughter’s wedding over Boeing’s Starliner capsule test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has grounded himself and won’t be part of the crew leaving the planet so he can be part of another experience of a lifetime: His daughter’s wedding next year.

It’s the second crew switch for Boeing’s Starliner capsule, grounded until at least the end of this year because of software problems during the first test flight last December.

Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson announced his decision Wednesday. Last year, NASA astronaut Eric Boe stepped aside from the first Starliner crew for medical reasons. Both were replaced by experienced space station astronauts.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Ferguson said it was a difficult decision, but “next year is very important for my family.” He said he has several commitments “which I simply cannot risk missing.” A Boeing spokeswoman confirmed one is his daughter’s wedding.

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Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson steps down from Starliner flight

  • Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson is stepping down from the first crewed test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spaceship for family obligations, including his daughter’s wedding.
  • The flight is part of Boeing’s efforts with NASA to develop new human spaceflight capsules.
  • It was delayed after software issues prevented the Starliner from reaching the space station during an uncrewed test flight last December.
  • NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore will take Ferguson’s place.
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The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has pulled himself off the crew so he’s on Earth — not at the International Space Station — for his daughter’s wedding next year.

It’s the second crew switch for Boeing’s Starliner capsule, grounded until the end of this year or early next because of software problems encountered during the first test flight last December.

Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson announced his decision Wednesday. Last year, NASA astronaut

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Chris Watts, the man who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters, has found a way to pass the time as he spends his days in prison: He is corresponding with multiple women, PEOPLE confirms.

“He got a lot of letters at first,” says a source who has spoken with Watts in jail. “Many of them are from women who thought he was handsome and felt compassion for him. He had nothing better to do, so he wrote them back. And he started having penpals. A couple of them stood out, and they’ve kept in contact.”

And are the women troubled by Watts’ horrific crimes?

“Believe it or not, no,” the source says. “They have compassion on him, despite what he did.”

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