Since I’ve written about her in the past, I feel compelled to note that Representative Gabrielle Giffords has flown from Houston, where she is in hospital, to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to attend the Friday launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The flight is to be commanded by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
This is fantastic news, not just because Representative Giffords is happy to finally get some time away from the hospital that has been her home since she was shot in Tucson on January 8, but because of what it says of her current condition. Representative Giffords has been making a remarkable recovery.
This will be the final space mission for the Endeavour, and it will be delivering communication antennae and other equipment to the international space station.
President Obama and his family are also slated to attend the launch.
Representative Giffords has long wanted to attend this launch. She worked hard at her rehabilitation to be “medically ready” to do so. I am so pleased for her and her husband that she will be there on Friday.