WASHINGTON — NASA announced Jan. 22 that it is replacing an astronaut who was scheduled to fly on a commercial crew test flight later this year because of a medical issue.
The agency said that Eric Boe has been taken off the crew of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner crewed test flight, and will be replaced by veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fincke. Boe will take over Fincke’s previous position as assistant to the chief of the astronaut office for commercial crew.
In its statement, NASA said only that Boe would no longer be able to fly on the Starliner test flight “due to medical reasons.” The other two people assigned to the flight, NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, now a test pilot for Boeing, will remain on the flight.
Boe, 54, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 2000 and flew on two shuttle flights, STS-126 in 2008 and STS-133 in 2011. The latter flight was the last mission of the shuttle Discovery before its retirement, as the shuttle program wound down.
Fincke, 51, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1996. He flew on two long-duration missions to the International Space Station on Soyuz spacecraft in 2004 ...