Giffords’ Husband & Retirement
June 22, 2011 by Post Team
Giffords’ Husband & Retirement, Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, said Tuesday he would retire from NASA after 25 years of working with the space agency. In a note posted on his Facebook account, Kelly said the main reason for his withdrawal was due to his desire to help her wife recover from a gunshot to the head injury he suffered in a shopping center in Arizona in early this year by an alleged assailant who killed six people around him, including a girl of 9 years old.
“Gabrielle is working hard every day in her recovery mission. I want to be by her side,” he said.
“Turning aside from my job in the Navy and NASA allows me to be with her and my two daughters.”
Giffords, 41, was recently released from a hospital in Houston and is ready to receive outpatient treatment.
Kelly’s announcement came a few weeks after making his last trip to the International Space Station with Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Kelly’s announcement is not unexpected, as NASA retires its space shuttle fleet in a month, and it will be years before the United States has other spacecraft for astronauts to fly in.
The shuttle launch is scheduled for late July, when Atlantis is taking off. After that, NASA will depend on Russian spacecraft for astronauts in space.
“I know that as our space program evolves, there are those who question the future of NASA. I am not among them,” said Kelly.
The Arizona Democrat and her husband are working on a memoir today. The book will reportedly be an intimate look at their careers and courtship. Scribner will publish the book and a publication date has not yet been decided.
Giffords is recovering and learning to talk and walk again. She lives in Kelly’s house in League City, Texas, near Houston. The couple met in China in 2003 during a forum of young leaders and was married in November 2007.
A combination photo shows the U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R) smiling at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in May 17, 2011 photo posted on her Facebook page 12 June 2011 and another during an appearance in Tucson, Arizona, in an undated picture, brochure 2010 provided by her campaign to Congress on January 8, 2011. Giffords released on June 12, 2011, the first pictures of herself on her Facebook page since he was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona
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