Artist's concept of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule approaching the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Boeing
Engineers developing Orion’s thermal protection system have been improving the spacecraft’s heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully traveled to space for the first time last year. Credit: NASA
NASA's commercial crew program is intended to restore the U.S. crew-launch capability lost when the space shuttle was reitred in 2011. Credit: NASA
The Orbiter Processing Facility-3 building at the Kennedy Space Center, where Boeing will assemble its CST-100 Starliner capsule. Credit: SpaceNews photo
Expedition 44 Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA has his Russian Sokol suit pressure checked in preparation for his July 22 launch to ISS aboard the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft.  Credit: GCTC/NASA/Irina Peshkova
NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore met with senior leaders of the SpaceX during a June 24 visit to SpaceX’s Washington offices. (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket moving to the pad in advance of its April 27 launch of Thales Alenia Space's TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat satellite. Credit: SpaceX
NASA commercial crew astronauts
Dragon pad abort launch
SpaceX Dragon 2 (left) and Boeing CST-100 capsules. Credit: SpaceX artist's concept and Boeing
SpaceX on May 6 completed a Dragon pad abort demonstration at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: SpaceX
Dragon pad abort launch
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From left to right, Russia's Zvezda Service Module and Zarya FGB attached to the U.S. Unity module in 2000. Credit: NASA

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