HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - It was four weeks ago today that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during a rampage in Tucson, Arizona that killed 6 people. Her recovery has been remarkable. Now her astronaut husband has made a tough decision about going back into space.
Mark Kelly announced that he will fly again. The commander of Endeavor will be leading 5 other astronauts in what could be NASA's last shuttle mission. "I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision I made," Kelly said in a recent interview.
The congresswoman is still recovering at a rehabilitation center in Houston, where Kelly is with her every day. He said it has been a difficult decision.
Kelly will be away from his wife for at least 14 days, leaving Gifford's mother responsible for all decisions regarding her care. He will be able to keep in touch through email and the occasional phone call.
NASA Mission managers said they evaluated what was best for the mission and felt they covered all areas to assess his readiness for the mission.