Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of shooting victim Gabby Giffords, is expected to command the final space shuttle mission in April. After his wife was shot in the head, it seemed that he would not be going back into space for a while. She must be doing very well, so this is a good sign that Gabby Giffords is making an impressive recovery. The official announcement will be during a press conference Friday. Here’s the tail end of Politico’s reporting on the story, which I found interesting:
The severe injuries Giffords sustained in the Tucson shootings had left in doubt whether Kelly would be able to command the space shuttle, but the source made clear all systems are go for him to lead the mission, scheduled to lift off on April 19.
The flight is Kelly’s fourth. His twin brother, Scott, is also an astronaut and is currently commanding the six-person team orbiting Earth in the International Space Station.