Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Giffords coming to launch

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will return to Florida once again to watch her husband’s second attempt at commanding shuttle Endeavour on Monday.

"She wouldn’t miss it," said C.J. Karamargin, spokesman for Giffords. “It’s a goal she’s been working for for weeks. Hopefully this time she and the nation will be able to watch Endeavour blast off.”

Giffords received medical clearance to make her second trip in less than two weeks from Houston to the Space Coast. She’s recovering there from a gunshot wound to the head she suffered in a January shooting rampage.

Karamargin said travel plans for the congresswoman are still being arranged.

NASA typically flies the spouses of astronauts to Florida for a launch.

For the April 29 launch attempt, Giffords arrived on a NASA plane a day after the rest of the families.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, is the commander for Endeavour's 25th and final flight.

In the hours after last month’s scrub, Kelly and Giffords spent about 10 minutes with President Obama and his wife. The first family came to town hoping to see the launch.

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