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Gabrielle Giffords's Husband to Decide on Return to Space

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 31, 2011 Last Updated: January 31, 2011
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Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), listens to a question during a press conference at the University Medical Center on January 20, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), listens to a question during a press conference at the University Medical Center on January 20, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s astronaut husband has to make a decision on whether or not to fly in space or stay with his wife who was shot in the head on Jan. 8 and is undergoing treatment.

Kelly is the commander of the space shuttle Endeavour and has been on leave.

"I believe Mark is planning to decide in the next few weeks whether he can resume training and of course he will be candid with the space shuttle crew," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver told Reuters.

He has not made a decision yet on whether he is going to fly yet.

The couple married in 2007 and both lived independent lives, friends recalled. They expect the two to return back to normal and get back on track, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"When they look back on this years from now, Gabby and Mark will remember a tough and trying time," friend and businessman Tilman Fertitta told the Chronicle, adding "but she will be back in Congress. He will be a happy astronaut.”

As for Kelly, Garver told Reuters that he will likely decide by mid-February.

Giffords was one of 13 people who were injured in a shooting rampage in Tuscon, Ariz. Six people died and the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, was indicted on attempted assassination and other charges.

She was taken to a rehabilitation facility in Texas to undergo long-term treatment last week. At the time, doctors said that her condition has improved from "serious to good," according to a previous report in The Epoch Times.




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