Giffords' astronaut husband awaiting doctors' OK

March 31, 2011 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

(AP) -- Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly is still awaiting doctors' final OK on whether his congresswoman wife can attend his launch in just under three weeks.

Kelly is married to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She's recuperating from a gunshot wound to the head.

The commander said Thursday he's still working out all the plans with , in case his wife attends the . He's still debating what to do about the traditional prelaunch party for his guests.

Kelly told reporters at Florida's Kennedy Space Center he's "pretty hopeful" Giffords will make it to his April 19 . It will be Endeavour's final flight.

Kelly and his crew are at Kennedy for a practice countdown. Severe thunderstorms are interrupting their training.

Explore further: Giffords' husband hopes she'll be at April launch

0 shares

Related Stories

NASA names backup for Giffords' husband on shuttle

January 13, 2011

(AP) -- NASA announced Thursday a backup commander, if necessary, to take the place of the astronaut-husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a mass slaying and recovering in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital.

NASA chief: Giffords welcome at husband's launch

February 15, 2011

(AP) -- NASA's chief says it would be tremendous for the space shuttle crew and the nation if Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can watch her astronaut husband launch from Cape Canaveral in April.

Giffords' astronaut hubby decision due Friday

February 4, 2011

(AP) -- The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will announce Friday whether he'll fly on space shuttle Endeavour's final voyage - and all signs are go.

Astronaut twins reunited after 5 months apart

March 21, 2011

(AP) -- Astronaut Scott Kelly is back home reunited with his twin astronaut brother, after a five-month space station mission that was marred by the shooting of his congresswoman sister-in-law.

Husband: Giffords would be OK with flight decision

February 6, 2011

(AP) -- The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife would be "very comfortable" with his decision to go back into space and he expects her to be at his launch in April.

Recommended for you

Astronomers search for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet

January 19, 2017

Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco ...

Three new gas giant exoplanets discovered by SuperWASP-South

January 18, 2017

(Phys.org)—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," ...

A catalog of habitable zone exoplanets

January 18, 2017

The last two decades have seen an explosion of detections of exoplanets, as the sensitivity to smaller planets has dramatically improved thanks especially to the Kepler mission. These discoveries have found that the frequency ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.