Bolden Visits Space X Facilities Today

By  //  June 13, 2012

On The Road

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Two weeks after Space X’s Dragon spacecraft made history as the first commercial vehicle to visit the International Space Station, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will travel to Texas to see the historic spacecraft before heading to Space X’s headquarters in California today.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will travel to Space X facilities in Texas and California on Wednesday. (Image courtesy NASA)

Bolden will appear this morning at Space X’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, along with Space X CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk.

There Bolden will see up close the historic Dragon spacecraft from last month’s mission to the space station.

The cargo from that mission is being offloaded in Texas and handed over to NASA.

Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Station May 22 aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket and returned to earth about 560 miles off the coast of Baja California on May 31.

It was the farthest distance that a commercial space vehicle has ever traveled and the first time something other than a government space agency has ever docked at the ISS.

By contract, Space X will now provide regular cargo deliveries to the ISS over the next several years.