HOUSTON — U.S. astronauts could be returning to Earth very close to home after lengthy stays aboard the International Space Station — if Sierra Nevada Corp. becomes a NASA commercial crew services contract provider and the city of Houston earns an FAA spaceport designation for Ellington Airport, which lies within 10 mi. of their NASA Johnson Space Center training base. NASA astronauts currently departing the ISS descend to Earth aboard Russian Soyuz capsules, which have been the ...

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