Spotting a pioneering Boeing Starliner taxi on the International Space Station (satellite image)

An Earth observation satellite has given us a unique view of Boeing’s new Starliner space taxi in space.

Starliner arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on June 6, transporting NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sonny Williams to the orbiting laboratory in a shake-up cruise known as the Crew Flight Test (CFT).

A day later, Maxar Technologies’ WorldView-3 satellite captured a stunning image of the International Space Station and its new arrival, prominently featured near the center of the frame.

Full, unzoomed image of the International Space Station and Starliner taken by WorldView-3 on June 7. (Image credit: NASA)

WorldView-3, which launched in August 2014, typically observes Earth from its perch 385 miles (620 kilometers) above our planet. But the new image shows that the spacecraft can study objects in orbit as well.

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