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Boeing's Starliner crew capsule makes space debut this week, launch set for Friday morning

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Posted at 4:19 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 04:19:35-05

(AP) Boeing's new Starliner crew capsule is at the launch pad, ready for its space debut.

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An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to blast off with the capsule on Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:36 a.m.

The test flight to the International Space Station is Boeing's last hurdle before flying astronauts for NASA next year.

Testing the cosmic waters will be Rosie the mannequin, decked out in Boeing's custom blue spacesuit and a red polka dot hair bandanna modeled after the World War II riveter.

If the weeklong demo goes well, the first Starliner crew could be blasting off by summer.