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Mark Kelly Endeavour

Mark Kelly Endeavour - Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will announce later today he's resuming training for the flight of space shuttle Endeavour that's scheduled to launch April 19, according to NASA and congressional sources.

Kelly, named more than a year ago as the commander of the flight, has spent most of his time at Giffords' bedside since she was gunned down at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center on Jan. 8. She's undergoing rehab in Houston.

Kelly will hold a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston at 3 p.m. EST today. The NASA official did not want to be named prior to the official announcement, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Thursday he expected Kelly to fly.

Giffords, who until recently chaired the House subcommittee that oversees NASA, is a strong proponent of human spaceflight. Doctors have said she's making remarkable progress recovering from a gunshot wound to the head but will remain in rehab for some time.

Mark Kelly Endeavour

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