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Tech Tuesday: Two astronauts still trying to return to earth via Boeing’s Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore, left, and Suni Williams wave as they leave the operations and checkout building for a trip to launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore, left, and Suni Williams wave as they leave the operations and checkout building for a trip to launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Two astronauts are still in space awaiting a ride home on Boeing’s hobbled Starliner.

Experts continue to test the thrusters in hopes of a safe liftoff and return, but the spacecraft had a bumpy ride even before it left Earth.

The two veteran astronauts, Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, are still orbiting Earth on the International Space Station two weeks after they were supposed to be back on land.

There’s work underway to develop smart bandages that would dramatically improve the healing of serious wounds and burns, and allow doctors to monitor results remotely.

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