Kelly Resumes Training

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Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:46pm

Astronaut Mark Kelly resumes training for Endeavour's last mission as wife Gabrielle Giffords rehabs nearby.

NASA Commander Mark Kelly has made his way back to the first seat of Space Shuttle Endeavour after sitting at his wife's bed side for a full month.

Kelly, the husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, returned to mission training at Johnson Space Center on Monday.

Giffords is on a rigorous rehab schedule, eight to ten hours a day, seven days a week as she recovers from the gunshot wound to the head she suffered in Tucson last month.

According to doctors, and her husband, she's making extraordinary progress.

"I have every intention that she'll be there for the launch. I've already talked to her doctors about it. So there really shouldn't be any reason why she can't go to the launch," Kelly said.

Liftoff of Endeavour is scheduled for April 19.

Kelly trained with the crew last week on a trial basis to prove to himself and NASA that he would be able to focus on his work during the mission.

Today he resumed a regular training schedule.
 

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