TUCSON, Ariz. - US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, gravely wounded in a shooting rampage in Tucson in January, plans to attend the launch of her astronaut husband's space shuttle mission next month, an aide said on Thursday.
"The plan is for her to attend," said C.J. Karamargin, the Arizona Democrat's spokesman, adding that changes in her medical condition and other factors would ultimately determine if she went to the Florida launch.
"It is a goal that we are working toward, and we certainly hope that she'll be there."
Her husband, Mark Kelly, a three-time space shuttle veteran, is commander of the Endeavour mission due for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on April 19 on what is currently scheduled to be NASA's final shuttle flight.
Doctors are expected to give an update on Giffords' condition at a Houston news conference on Friday.