Giffords to attend shuttle Endeavour launch
March 10th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

Giffords to attend shuttle Endeavour launch

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle endeavor on April 19, almost three months after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket, spokesman C.J. Karamargin said.

Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, is the shuttle mission's commander.

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  1. Ray Porter

    I am glad to see her recovery is excelling as well as her husbands launch.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • GE

      What's he having for launch?

      March 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nathan

    Hey CNN – It's "Endeavour," not "Endeavor." But this is great news!

    March 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Capitalize "Endeavor."

    March 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • yikes

      Hey CNN "Space Shuttle Endeavour". On a more serious note, glad to here she's going to be ok.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa

    And people care about this becuz.....? I mean Im glad she can walk and eat toast and everything but many amazing people perform accomplisments liek this after great tragedies an I dont see CNN give thime this attention. CNN Heroes doesnt count. Is it because she is a politician? To its credit I think CNN recogizes this and thats why that wrote this in a very pithy manner.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlc in CA

      People care about this because Giffords represents a survivor, and not a victim. It has nothing to do with her politics, but with the fact that she survived a senseless attack. Give up your meanness. Someday you may need to survive something beyond your own cynicism.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Non

      Politics should have nothing to do with this. She is an elected representative. The attack on her was an attack on the government and the stability of our government, not only on an individual. I'd have the same hopes for recovery if the attacked representative had been one with whom I TOTALLY disagreed. (And, I'd probably disagree with more than a few of her positions, if I knew enough about them to judge.) I think we can all agree that Giffords is more worthy of our interest than Hollywood creatures like Lohan or Sheen.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      How can you be so heartless? Lighten up and just allow how extraordinary all of this is. Look for the happy side.

      March 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      This is meanness how? No cynicism here just a little reality check to your fawning over a victim. My post was only concerned about attention not givien to others. Mic in CA please grow up already.

      Read my fuller reply to you below somewhere

      March 11, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    Wonderful news. Good for her. I wonder who will be paying for her and her medical attendants to witness this event?

    March 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KatR

      Health insurance companies in the private sector will be footing the bill.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gerard

    It would be a great thing if she could be there.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moose

      Really Gerard? Maybe she should (for once) let the media attention rest for awhile and try to get better. Seriously, she just can't help herself starving for media attention. Give it a rest sister.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    It's amazing just how many ignorant and disgusting people there are in America. CNN runs a nice story and all the worms come out from under the rocks to proudly exercise their rights of free speech and stupidity, for all the world to see. How patriotic.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      I agree, Jim. Makes me wonder what political affiliation these "worms" belong to. Oh well, glad I'm not them; must be miserable to be so negative. Good for Gabby; we need positive news now and then.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      I SO agree! Why all the vitriol against this lady (NOT broad!) is beyond me. Oh, and by the way I am NOT a "D", lifelong conservative Republican... who still can work up some empathy for a congresswoman who seems intelligent and caring and was just tryilng to stay in contact with her consituents. She and Mark have both shown a lot of courage and class through this entire ordeal, and I have a ton of respect for both of them.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. candy23

    I am so glad she can attend her husbands take off.
    She is so awsome and strong to go though what
    she has had to do

    March 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Howard

    How about if NASA painted a special name for that mission? "Go, Gabrielle, go!"

    March 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerard

      Wouldn't that be great!

      March 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobbie

    To GE: Hey dude .. what's your problem. Commenting on one person – who already is in the public eye – does not detract from the grief of others who were killed, injured or tramatized. Get a life.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moose

      Commenting on one person in the public eye? Are you kidding? This broad has been in the media 24/7. She just can't help herself to run back to the public eye. Maybe she should give it a rest and chill for more than a couple of weeks.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robear in Ojai

      This is a reply to Moose: The courageous woman probably doesn't have any idea of all the media attention that's been devoted to her attack and subsequent recovery. She's concentrating on getting better and is looking forward to attending her husband's shuttle launch, which will probably give her a sense of achievement in her recovery. Go spew your small-minded vinegar elsewhere.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lynn

    Keep your sympathy for those that were killed in her attack. I don't really care if she attends her husband's next launch, she survived the attack unlike the others.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Right on Lynn!! First, put the s.o.b who shot those 6 people plus a 9 year old girl to death away as quickly as
      possible. The only big time survivor is the politician " Gabriella". Let's not forget those people who gave up their
      lives, they were also important human beings. Let's not overplay the survivor. Thanks

      March 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • rudy

      its is because of the fact that she survived, either by accident or by the sacrifice of others. a dead person is.. unfortunately dead. and that is sad and tragic in this case but they are not around to attempt to carry on and live. this is the reason 'survivors' get headlines; because they are still in the game and fighting. she had the front of her head blown off of christ sake! her husband happens to be the commander of one of the last shuttle launches. so Shut the F Up! I hate sarah palin for many reasons but i would want to see her survive an attack like this like i would any human not deserving of it.

      March 11, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. truthseeker

    Regardless of which side of the aisle you are on, this is an upbeat, positive story – couldn't we all use a few more of those nowadays? Be civil.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Well said truthseeker, well said. Gabby is an amazing woman. I too would love to meet her one day...

      March 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamCity

      @ Terry What makes her amazing?? The fact that the shooter didn't get a good shot? Firefighters are amazing, teachers that risk verbal/physical abuse from their students on a daily basis are amazing, Mother Teresa was amazing, US soldiers in Iraq are amazing. Mrs. Giffords is one of many shooting victims that survive and get better all over the world, she is not amazing, lucky? You bet. Get a life.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. will

    Why not a photo of her when she was 10?!? You know everyone want a current photo. Seems silly to throw up old photos. She is an amazing woman to have gone through and going through all of this.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Right Winger

    I am about as far to the right as one can get. Most CNN readers would consider me a complete right wing nut job.
    BUT – there are a lot of really dumb, insensitive "anti-Giffords" comments on this topic that are uncalled for. A United States Representative was shot! Doesn't matter if she was Right or Left. It's GREAT news that she seems to be doing better, and able to attend one of the last big events in our nation's grand space program! Hope she returns to Congress soon.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    I DO hope she will be in good form enough to make a reassuring camera appearance at this point.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
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