Due to ongoing repairs on Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, a pair of NASA space travelers have exceeded their expected duration in space by several weeks.

However, the duo consisting of flight commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and flight pilot Sunita “Suni” Williams, have maintained a positive outlook, as reported during a press conference on Wednesday. Check the press conference for more information.

“Our time here in ISS has been truly enjoyable,” expressed Williams on Wednesday. “Being in space and collaborating with the International Space Station team feels like returning home. Both Butch and I are grateful for this extension and cherish the experience.”

After facing numerous challenges during its development, the Starliner took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 5, mentioning Wilmore on Wednesday, “The launch was beyond amazing; the spacecraft exceeded all expectations.”

Originally planned as a week-long trial for the new spacecraft, Wilmore and Williams have been stationed at the International Space Station since June 6, addressing complications such as helium leaks, as reported by NPR.

Despite these setbacks, Boeing clarified to HuffPost that the spacecraft has not been stranded at the ISS, and it is ready for an emergency return if required.

“We’ve conducted numerous simulations, and I am confident that if the need arises, the spacecraft can safely bring us back,” said Williams during the press conference.

Expressing his confidence, Wilmore mentioned that he believes the Starliner is fully capable of facilitating their return journey.

Currently, there is no definite return date set. However, during Wednesday’s press conference, Steve Stich, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, mentioned the aim to bring Wilmore and Williams back home by August, coinciding with the arrival of additional astronauts at the ISS.

“We are analyzing the data closely to determine the earliest suitable undock and landing schedule,” expressed Stich. “Although some optimistic data points towards late July, we will continue to monitor and make decisions based on the data available.”