Astronaut Mark Kelly Will Fly Space Shuttle

The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has made his choice. He's headed to space in April.
An official close to the space shuttle program confirmed Friday morning that astronaut Mark Kelly will be aboard Endeavour for its final flight. The official did not want to be named because the information has not yet been made public. Kelly will hold a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday afternoon.
Kelly took a leave from training after Giffords was gunned down at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center on Jan. 8. She's undergoing rehab in Houston.
Kelly spent the past month debating whether to step down as commander of Endeavour's two-week mission. Liftoff is targeted for April 19.


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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Stan, I happen to care as well. I have always been a devoted follower of the Shuttle Program and its missions. I think it's wonderful that Ms. Giffords is doing well enough so her husband feels it's okay for him to travel up in Endeavor one last time. Have a safe flight, Cmdr Kelly, and in my eyes, as with all Shuttle Astronauts, you will always be a hero.
  • by Cap'n Rita Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Not hard to do at all, Stan. I care and probably countless others as well. I do wonder how your comment follows the "house rules" outlined above. It is neither civil nor truthful. Must be a lazy moderator day. Good flight Cmdr Kelly! I know your wife will be proud.
  • by stan on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    Now just find someone that really cares!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Once in a lifetime opportunity with his wife's blessing, who can blame him for not going.
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