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Astronauts are 'trapped' in space for 17 days after problems with a Boeing capsule

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Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunny Williams (Image: Disclosure, NASA)

Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sonny Williams were supposed to return to Earth on June 12, but problems with the propulsion devices and a helium leak in the capsule prevented the duo from returning to Earth, according to the US Space Agency (NASA). The return of the astronauts was postponed three times. Information from g1.

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The duo was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 5, for a (supposed) eight-day mission, in the first crewed flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. According to the agency's authorities, the Starliner spacecraft can dock at the ISS for a maximum of 45 days.

Boeing claims that the Starliner's problems are not a concern for the return flight, and that Wilmore and Sony are “not interrupted.” The astronauts have not yet received predictions about when they will return to Earth.

Who is Barry Wilmore?

Wilmore grew up in Mount Juliet, Tennessee (USA), and is 61 years old and is a retired US Navy Captain. He has spent 178 days in space throughout his career. There were 8 thousand flight hours and 663 landings on aircraft carriers. In addition, he participated in flights in military operations in Iraq and Bosnia.

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Barry Wilmore was part of Expedition 41, between September and November 2014, to explore the composition of meteorites and space-induced musculoskeletal changes. On this mission, he spent 167 days outside Earth and made four spacewalks. Boeing's mission is its third to the International Space Station.

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The astronaut is married to Diana Newport and has two daughters.

Who is Sonny Williams?

She is 58 years old and has been a NASA astronaut since 1998 and has participated in two space missions. She is the second astronaut to spend the longest spacewalk: 50 hours and 40 minutes. He has spent more than 3,000 flying hours on 30 different aircraft.

As a member of the NEEMO2 crew, she spent 9 days underwater at NASA's Aquarius underwater laboratory. In 1989, she was promoted to naval aviator and began reporting to the United States Helicopter Combat Squadron. She participated in missions in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and Persian Gulf. In September 1992, she was part of the Hurricane Andrew relief operation in Miami, Florida.

She is married and considers Needham, Massachusetts (USA), her birthplace.

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