The astronaut husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Friday his wife's extraordinary medical progress since she was shot through the brain, coupled with support from family, friends and the public, were keys to his decision to command the upcoming flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.
During a press conference with NASA officials - who said they determined going with Kelly was the right decision - Mark Kelly described what he thought the realities would be after the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and what he now expects.
"At that time, my thought was I'd very likely would be sitting in the ICU seat, two, four or six months later, by her bedside," said Kelly, sporting a blue wristband that reads "Peace, Love, Gabby."
Command of the shuttle flight came under question after Giffords was shot. Now, he said, he expects her to witness Endeavour soaring into space on the current April 19 timetable.
"I have every intention for her to be at the launch," said Kelly. "She would be very comfortable with the decision I made."FULL STORY