NASA Administrator Charles Bolden appeared live on WHNT News 19 This Morning on Tuesday. We talked with him about the first commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station, which is scheduled for Monday, May 7.
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will launch its Falcon Rocket from the pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. A successful mission would mean less dependence on the Russians to supply the station. It would also mean NASA's move to use more commercial ventures is working.
"This is American industry that's going to give us the capability of taking cargo to the International Space Station," said Bolden. "We've been reliant on our partners, the Russians, the Europeans, and the Japanese for the last couple of years, but we're going to go back to American capability. It's very, very important.