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Shuttle bound: Gabrielle Giffords spotted at airport, jetting to first publicevent
Gabrielle Giffords is on her way to Florida, jetting to her first public event since the Jan. 8 shooting.
KTRK Ch. 13 has a long-distance video of Giffords boarding a private plane at Ellington Airport Wednesday morning. In the video, Giffords is shown walking up the stairs of the jet with assistance from another person. It's impossible to tell much of anything else from the far-away, somewhat grainy video, including how Giffords looks.
Representatives from TIRR Memorial Hermann — the renowned Houston hospital where Giffords has been undergoing rehab since Jan. 21 — have said that Giffords is traveling with a full medical team. Giffords' husband — Houston-based astronaut/space shuttle commander Mark Kelly — flew to Florida on Tuesday with the rest of his shuttle team.
Kelly and his team are set to blast off in the Endeavour late Friday afternoon. It's still unsure where Giffords will be during the actual launch or if the public will see her or not. Some have speculated that she could be sitting next to Barack Obama, giving America its first look at the congresswoman since the tragic Tucson shooting, during the launch. But the New York Times reported that she's likely to watch from a restricted area instead.
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