by: The Associated Press and Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Oct 7, 2020 / 02:48 PM EDT/ Updated: Oct 7, 2020 / 02:48 PM EDT
Commercial Crew Program and Boeing Crew Flight Test astronauts Butch Wilmore, left, and Chris Ferguson participate in a flight control simulation for a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in 2018. On Wednesday, Ferguson removed himself from the first Starliner crew, citing his daughter’s wedding in 2021. He has been replaced on the crew by Wilmore. (James Blair/NASA via AP)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — 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.
Space shuttle commander Chris Ferguson waves to the crowd at the welcome home ceremony for the astronauts of the final shuttle mission in Houston in 2011. On Wednesday, Ferguson removed himself from the first Boeing crew, citing his daughter’s wedding in 2021. He has been replaced on the Starliner crew by Butch Wilmore. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
It’s the second crew switch for Boeing’s Starliner capsule, grounded until the end of this