Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Plans To Attend Husband Mark Kelly’s Space Shuttle Launch

Mar 10, 2011 5:55pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:

UPDTAED: Just three months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, multiple sources confirm to ABC News that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend the April 19 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by her husband Mark Kelly.

"It is a goal that we are working towards," Giffords' aide CJ Karamargin told ABC News, "and we certainly hope that she will be there."

Sources say there is no reason why Giffords, who is currently in a recovery facility in Houston, would not be able to attend.

"We are very hopeful that Gabby can attend this historic launch," said Giffords' chief of staff Pia Carusone. "Not only is Mark commanding this mission but it is Shuttle Endeavour's last flight and the last scheduled Space Shuttle flight. Gabby is working hard everyday and making remarkable progress so chances are good that she'll be there."

The shutle is scheduled to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 7:48 ET on April 19. The Endeavor astronauts will spend 14 days in space.

Doctors at the hospital where Giffords is recuperating, TIRR Memorial Hermann, will hold a news conference Friday morning to give "a comprehensive medical update" regarding the Arizona congresswoman's condition.

More on Giffords' plans from ABC's Russell Goldman and Gina Sunseri.

ABC News' Polson Kanneth and Gina Sunseri contributed reporting to this post.

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