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Giffords' Husband Will Return to Space, Official Confirms
Fox News ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 02/04/2011 9:55:55 AM PST by La Enchiladita

The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has made his choice. He's headed to space in April.

An official close to the space shuttle program confirmed Friday morning that astronaut Mark Kelly will be aboard Endeavour for its final flight. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not yet been made public.

Kelly is holding a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday afternoon.

...Kelly, 46, spent the past month debating whether to step down as commander of Endeavour's two-week mission. As he agonized over the decision, NASA named a backup commander, Rick Sturckow, who joined the crew for training.

Liftoff is targeted for April 19.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: endeavour; giffords; markkelly; nasa; tucson

1 posted on 02/04/2011 9:56:02 AM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: KevinDavis

Ping


2 posted on 02/04/2011 9:56:58 AM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Good for him!

I can speak from experience that his real work with his wife will start once she leaves the rehab center. Now, while she is well cared for, is the best time for him to accomplish what he can.


3 posted on 02/04/2011 10:01:30 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Are they really married or just shacked up?

I note they have different last names.


4 posted on 02/04/2011 10:08:35 AM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: La Enchiladita

May be the last chance for an American to go into space in our own ship for a long time.


5 posted on 02/04/2011 10:10:02 AM PST by AU72
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To: La Enchiladita

Why it was only yesterday that he was telling us he has begun to believe in fate, er faith.

The man is a tool.


6 posted on 02/04/2011 10:14:14 AM PST by Carley (ARAB STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICA'S LEFT)
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To: humblegunner

They also had different home addresses. He lived in Texas, she, on occasion lived in Arizona.


7 posted on 02/04/2011 10:15:18 AM PST by Carley (ARAB STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICA'S LEFT)
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To: AU72

According to SpaceX they have to make 14 successful flights with the Falcon 9 rocket before they can send people up. Two down with 12 more to go.


8 posted on 02/04/2011 10:15:36 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Carley

Too much spare time on your hands...?


9 posted on 02/04/2011 10:21:25 AM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Excellent news. It’s probably his last chance.


10 posted on 02/04/2011 10:33:21 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: DonaldC

I still do not appreciate his answer when, immediately after the shooting, someone asked if his wife had any enemies and he replied, “Yes, the entire Tea Party.”

Waiting for an apology as one would have been immediately demanded of a Republican who blamed a progressive.


11 posted on 02/04/2011 10:33:56 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: La Enchiladita

Just sick of her family blaming the tea party for her shooting.

Particularly since Giffords herself bragged on owning a Glock and being a pretty good shot.


12 posted on 02/04/2011 10:36:50 AM PST by Carley (ARAB STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICA'S LEFT)
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To: humblegunner

They are married but to tell you the truth he seems to be a media hog. I could care less about this guy and yet he is always in the news and in our faces.


13 posted on 02/04/2011 10:37:47 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I think that was Giffords’ father. But Kelly’s twin on the ISS said something stupid about the Tea Parties too and Kelly didn’t correct it.

I’m sorry his wife got shot but I can’t stand him. He looks like Dr. Evil.


14 posted on 02/04/2011 10:38:36 AM PST by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: humblegunner

They both are typical of “Modern Power Couples”. He seems to be a “NIRO(Navy in rank Only)”. Probably both of them the type that have “Carefully” “Cultivated” their “Career Paths”.


15 posted on 02/04/2011 10:48:48 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: GatorGirl

Oh. Sorry. Thought it was him. Knew it was someone close but I do not recall anyone in the family who called for calm and not to jump to WRONGFUL conclusions.


16 posted on 02/04/2011 10:49:47 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: US Navy Vet

I would provisionally agree.
I don’t know much about either of them but that’s the impression I got.


17 posted on 02/04/2011 10:52:09 AM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

That is so true. None of them sought to correct the misimpressions they helped to create, unlike Christina Green’s dad who correctly stated the guy was a nutmeg and it wasn’t the tone of the discourse. Now that’s class, after all, his daughter died because of Giffords’ public event and her lack of security preparedness.


18 posted on 02/04/2011 10:55:03 AM PST by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: US Navy Vet

He’s been out of training for a month. Is there enough time to make up for that? (He’s been up a few times before, so maybe the lost training is not that big of deal for him?)


19 posted on 02/04/2011 11:02:24 AM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
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To: humblegunner

His residency is based out of Houston.

I wonder where she spent her time when she wasn’t in DC.

It would be ironic if she spent 3 weeks a year in Arizona and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when Jared went off.


20 posted on 02/04/2011 11:06:28 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: La Enchiladita

Leave the guy alone. Let him have and enjoy his career!!! Actually, he is really not too bright on “common sense” stuff!!! Any husband that would allow POTUS Obama to stage a “cheerleader rally” on his re-election behalf, when a dignified period of mourning was called for ain’t wrapped too tight!!! Just another braindead liberal floating along in LaLa land. Wish him well and his wife, too!!!


21 posted on 02/04/2011 11:16:22 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Have also heard that he has political aspirations post military.

If true, he needs the NASA mission as a resume enhancer.


22 posted on 02/04/2011 11:23:10 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Why do I care about this guy -whats his name? Giffords’ Husband? That must be why...


23 posted on 02/04/2011 11:53:15 AM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: Let's Roll

And it’ll get him a better book deal.


24 posted on 02/04/2011 12:44:05 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: humblegunner

Giffords had already been elected to a few terms in the state legislature and to at least one term in Congress when they got married, so I figure that she decided to keep her maiden name with which she had run all of those campaigns and run all those ads. To each his own.


25 posted on 02/04/2011 12:59:25 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I marvel at the ignorance and stupidity on display here.
I guess everyone posting on thread is better qualified than Mark Kelly to be commander of a space shuttle mission.
Or maybe they’re only qualified to sneer and take petty personal pot shots at two people who are their fellow Americans.


26 posted on 02/04/2011 1:08:42 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita
"I marvel at the ignorance and stupidity on display here. I guess everyone posting on thread is better qualified than Mark Kelly to be commander of a space shuttle mission. Or maybe they’re only qualified to sneer and take petty personal pot shots at two people who are their fellow Americans."

Well said, La Enchiladita. Well said.

Best wishes to both of them.

27 posted on 02/04/2011 3:01:56 PM PST by AirForceVet1988 ("As the pattern gets more intricate and subtle, being swept along is no longer enough.")
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To: humblegunner

Is “braindead wife” an oxymoron?


28 posted on 02/04/2011 4:18:36 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: La Enchiladita

I’m going to be the odd one out but personally I saw this coming right after the shooting. Yes, he left his job to go to his wife but what about their children? What happens to them if something happens to their father? Their Mother right now is recovering and who knows to what ability she will recover? IMHO, they strayed from their original spouses (him) and children to be together. Selfish is not with one event but a lifetime of events. IMHO. I feel sorry for the children.


29 posted on 02/04/2011 5:19:51 PM PST by momtothree
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To: La Enchiladita

Good for him! I hope his lovely wife is recuperating well.


30 posted on 02/04/2011 5:44:25 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: La Enchiladita

He must be a selfish low life. If that shuttle blows up,, that brain damaged woman would be left alone. It isn’t about whether or not she is in medical extremis for the week or two he would be gone. It’s about what happens to his wife if he does a Challenger or Columbia.

No respect for this guy on my part. And as far as him being so critical to his crew,, Apollo 13 did pretty good with a crew substitution.

He’s a tool.


31 posted on 02/04/2011 5:47:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: La Enchiladita

26 posts before an offer of compassion. I’m with you and I’m disgusted at the tone and the nastiness of fellow Freepers on this one.


32 posted on 02/04/2011 9:17:45 PM PST by Hildy
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To: La Enchiladita

good for him! God gave him the talent and the skill and the hope to persist. God bless him and bless his wife with a speedy recovery.


33 posted on 02/05/2011 5:14:18 AM PST by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: La Enchiladita

Looking at 1st 30 or so responses, in general this is a ‘rough crowd’.

I thought he would be declared ‘unable to perform’ once he supposedly ‘dissed’ the WH and wouldn’t sit at BO’s SOU Pep Rally.

His ‘reason/excuse’ was he didn’t want to leave her side - which is commendable - but I kind of figured he shot the remainder of his career down with that decision, at least in the minds of the petty bunch running things.


34 posted on 02/05/2011 6:37:35 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98))
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To: La Enchiladita
OH, THE SUSPENSE!

NOT!

Like an astronaut would give up his chance at a "mission" for anything. Like he wouldn't walk over graves to ride and "make history" with his pathetic time in pathetic LEO. This was the silliest PR stunt, and highly offensive to all the public who have been praying for G. Giffords.

This guy promoted this "will he, won't he?" BS just to get more attention from the crowds about his ride. This is the truth, and anyone who's been a part of NASA culture KNOWS it.

My opinion of ersatz "space explorers" just hit an all time LOW.

People pay $40M to ride to the space station. Like there's any pilot that'd give it up for anything.

35 posted on 02/05/2011 7:03:08 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Hildy
Then add my above one to the rest.

Frankly, I've got an inside look at this. It was a PR gimmick to hype his own ride. Astronauts are Hollywood at its worse.

It was a mistake from the beginning to hype the passengers of our techno marvels. They are human beings more disappointing than you can imagine in their flaws, failures and incompetence, with the exception of Lovell.

Narcissism on steroids. Look at the failed marriages, if you don't believe me. Hollywood has better track record. Look at John Glenn, selling out our technology to the Chinese!

The Chinese wouldn't have that supercomputer without the efforts of several scumsuckers like Glenn.

36 posted on 02/05/2011 7:07:29 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: AirForceVet1988

You know, in all the discussions I’ve seen of this issue, no one really seems to be asking about the possible thoughts of other crew members. I’m sure they are not permitted to make known their opinion, but if I were the family of another crew member, I’d be concerned about a commander (or any member of the crew) with such an obvious distraction from the mission. Shouldn’t that weigh into the decision? I suspect NASA would not want the huge public relations black eye that would come from actually removing him— do you think they were hoping he would step down?


37 posted on 02/05/2011 11:13:04 AM PST by GraceCoolidge
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To: Mamzelle
Astronauts are Hollywood at its worse.

Huh? Are you a member of the "Flat Earth Society" who believe the moon landing was staged in a TV studio and shuttle missions are phony too? Maybe you think our military is "Hollywood" too. Wow.

38 posted on 02/05/2011 12:50:16 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: AirForceVet1988
Best wishes to both of them.

Thank you. I feel the same.

39 posted on 02/05/2011 12:51:13 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: Hildy
I’m with you and I’m disgusted at the tone and the nastiness of fellow Freepers on this one.

Thanks, Hildy. I'm glad we still have a few human beings around here...But then, I'm just RINO troll. What do I know?

40 posted on 02/05/2011 12:53:10 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Lol, no...I believe that the whole Life Magazine (maybe before your time) created an hyped-up "star system" that made astronauts into celebrities, which made more people want to be astronauts.

Not Apollo Hoax so much as Attention Whores.

Kelly was never, not for an instant, willing to give up his ride for anything or anyone. Rides are what astronauts live for, except for something else...

Attention. The trouble with flying into space since the eighties is that no one cares anymore, because the shuttle and the SSI are just one big merry-go-round to nowhere.

This whole "Will he give up his trip?" was despicable, cynical media manipulation. If you knew a few astronauts, you'd know that there would never be any question that he absolutely would go over anybody's dead body.

Just deplorable...all so one Ted Baxter could have a little more attention.

41 posted on 02/05/2011 1:28:13 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: GraceCoolidge
re: I’m sure they are not permitted to make known their opinion, but if I were the family of another crew member, I’d be concerned about a commander (or any member of the crew) with such an obvious distraction from the mission.)))

Good point. This is why there is such a bad relationship between astronauts and their medical supervisors. Astronauts are known for concealing their physical and emotional problems for fear of having their "ride" taken away from them. There was one incident in the early days when a commander refused to tell ground control that a crew member had a cold, a simple thing that can be disastrous in the tight confines of a space capsule.

This whole thing was Kelly's attempt to get some suspense going and some personal publicity. WHen I first saw how he was playing this for PR, I went to intrade to try to make money off it. I knew he would never give up his "ride"--but there wasn't a way on intrade to bet on it.

42 posted on 02/05/2011 1:33:16 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I wouldn’t say it means nothing. The American or Western tradition is for the woman to take on her husband’s surname. Whether this good, bad, or whatever, is not the issue. She choose the non-traditional method that states her own importance.


43 posted on 02/05/2011 9:18:08 PM PST by Nehmo
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To: Mamzelle

In my opinion, you sound jealous of extraordinary people and even of extraordinary achievements. Do we need to identify with or even understand what someone else does for it to be valid?


44 posted on 02/06/2011 12:11:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Huh?

The point is, Kelly is playing the public.

Why make an issue of whether he would fly, or not?

There is no way he wouldn't fly. There's no body he wouldn't walk over to join his brother in a "historic" meeting in space on the last flight of the shuttle (if it is the last...they keep trying to fly that relic just One Last Time).

But he uses his wife's condition to milk some publicity.

Crass, vulgar, cynical--that's what this situation is. He could shut his stupid mouth and thank the US public for giving him the ride.

45 posted on 02/07/2011 8:25:02 PM PST by Mamzelle
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