Published: Aug 04, 2010 3:38 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 12:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is heading to the Kennedy Space Center to meet with workers who are losing their jobs because the space shuttle program is ending.

Locke is meeting with the workers Tuesday and then touring the space center's Space Life Sciences Lab.

Locke, along with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, is chairing a task force that is studying how to help workers who are losing their jobs with the end of the shuttle program. The last space shuttle launch is set for next year.

The Obama administration has promised $40 million to help workers with the transition.