Bolden's White House meeting delayed

May 18, 2009 2:32:30 PM PDT
The White House says President Barack Obama has delayed meeting with a candidate to lead NASA. [FULL COVERAGE: NASA and space shuttle coverage]

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that Obama would meet a day later with Charles Bolden, a former shuttle commander and retired Marine major general. Gibbs says the president's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ran over schedule.

The 62-year-old Bolden left NASA in 1994 after flying in space four times, twice as shuttle commander, and serving as assistant deputy administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington.

If the Houston resident were nominated and won Senate confirmation, he would become the space agency's first black administrator and second astronaut in the post.

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