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Nasa chief to visit SpaceX capsule

2012-06-13 16:13

Mcgregor - The head of the US space agency, Nasa, is visiting the history-making SpaceX Dragon capsule after its historic trip to the International Space Station.

The world's first commercial supply ship returned to Earth last month.

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 Texas.

The unmanned cargo ship splashed down on 31 May into the Pacific Ocean after a nine-day test flight.
Nasa ended its space shuttle program last year and will rely on private carriers. SpaceX hopes to launch another capsule in September.