CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left hospitals behind Wednesday for the first time since her tragic shooting nearly four months ago and traveled to NASA territory for the next-to-last space shuttle launch with her husband in command.
“Gab- by is looking forward to some time away from the rehab center & the chance to see Captain Mark Kelly launch again!” Giffords’ staff posted on her Facebook page.
Endeavour is due to blast off at 2:47 p.m. CDT Friday with Kelly at the helm.
Endeavour’s fuel tank, meanwhile, has an interesting story. The 10-year-old tank now sports 103 patches. It had been in a building in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005; more than 100 nicks were made in foam. NASA says it’s perfectly safe to use.