Return to Duty
Mark Kelly to helm space shuttle mission
UPDATE: At a press conference Friday, NASA officials confirmed reports that Mark Kelly will resume training for the April 19 shuttle mission. Kelly said his wife is "improving rather quickly" and expects that she will be in Florida to see him go up in space. "There really shouldn't be any reason she can't go to the launch," he said.
Houston astronaut Mark Kelly will head up the next-to-the last space shuttle mission in April, Politico reports.
Citing an unidentified source, the web site says Kelly and NASA will make the announcement on Friday.
Kelly's participation in the mission had been in doubt since his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot outside a Tucson supermarket on Jan. 8. He has been at her beside almost continually since the shooting.
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C on Wednesday, Kelly said his wife was making progress, but he gave no hint that he would return to the shuttle mission.
This will the fourth space flight for Kelly. His twin brother, Scott, is currently orbiting Earth as commander of the International Space Station.