Sunday, May 15, 2011

Giffords at KSC to watch husband Kelly's launch

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the wife of Endeavour commander Mark Kelly, has arrived at Kennedy Space Center to watch Monday morning's launch, her staff has reported.

"Gabrielle landed safely in Florida. Smooth flight with STS 134 astronaut Greg Johnson's family," read the post on the Arizona congresswoman's Facebook page, which includes a dramatic aerial photo of Endeavour on its pad (left). "Thanks to NASA for great fly by of launch pad."

"Glad to have you here," KSC staff said via Twitter.

Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8 during a shooting rampage at a constituent event she was hosting outside a supermarket in her Tucson, Ariz., district. Six people were killed and 13 wounded.

She has been rehabilitating at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston and won medical clearance to visit KSC for Endeavour's first launch attempt April 29. The launch scrubbed, but Giffords met that day with President Obama before returning to Houston.

NASA offers all families of shuttle crews transportation to and from the launch.

Giffords will not make any public appearance during her visit and her launch viewing location has not been disclosed. Her staff plans to hold a press conference after the launch.

IMAGE: Credit staff of Rep. Giffords.


Mark said...

Despite FLORIDA TODAY 's infatuation with Gabrielle Giffords, she is not the story. Her own story is barely tangential to this launch.

Are there any grownups at this newspaper?

LePew said...

And Congressman Gifford's trip at taxpayer expense. Washington is out of control; take action to stop them!