The scene at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Aug. 3 when NASA named crews for the first flights of two, low-Earth-orbit transportation systems could not have been more different from when John Young and Robert Crippen were assigned to the first space shuttle mission or when Alan Shepard was tapped to debut the Mercury capsule. For starters, NASA shared the stage with Boeing and SpaceX, the designers, builders, operators and owners of the spacecraft that will ferry U.S. and partner ...

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