Video game character becomes real ‘Kerbalnaut’ on Boeing Starliner


In the spaceflight simulation game Kerbal Space Program, if the rocket you design does not reach its desired orbit or destination, you return to the (virtual) hangar to try to correct your problems and then launch again.

It seems only appropriate then that the first real-life flight of a Kerbal — the green humanoid aliens that populate the video game — should be on Boeing’s second attempt and first success at docking its CST-100 Starliner crew spacecraft to the International Space Station.