NASA Chief to see History-making SpaceX Capsule

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
NASA

This photo provided by SpaceX shows the Dragon spacecraft on a boat in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Triumphant from start to finish, the Dragon parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration. (AP Photo/SpaceX)

NASA's administrator is to visit the history-making Dragon spacecraft at a Texas rocket factory.

Last month the world's first commercial supply ship delivered 1,400 pounds of old equipment to the International Space Station.

The California-based SpaceX is the first private business to send a cargo ship to the space station.

On Wednesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk will see the spacecraft at the company's rocket factory in McGregor, about 150 miles southwest of Dallas.

The unmanned cargo ship splashed down May 31 into the Pacific Ocean, capping off a nine-day test flight.

It was the first time since the space shuttles stopped flying last summer that NASA got back a big load from the space station. SpaceX hopes to launch another capsule in September.


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