Giffords plans to return to Fla. to watch launch

Giffords plans to return to Fla. to watch launch

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The space shuttle Endeavour sits on Launch Pad 39-A during fueling at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 2 at 3:29 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A spokesman for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says she plans to return to Florida to watch her astronaut husband lead the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

C.J. Karamargin says Monday that his boss is awaiting word on when the flight will be rescheduled.

Giffords had traveled from Houston to Cape Canaveral to watch the launch scheduled for last Friday, but it was delayed because of a technical problem.

The launch attempt was scuttled by a bad fuse box aboard Endeavour. NASA managers met Monday and decided they needed more time to replace and test the fuse box.

They said Endeavour won't launch before Tuesday, May 10.

Giffords has since returned to the Houston rehab hospital where she's been undergoing treatment after being shot in the head while meeting constituents. She was one of 13 people wounded in the Jan.
8 shooting in Tucson. Six others were killed.

Jared Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 federal charges.

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