Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords may have been ready to make her first public appearance since the Tuscon shooting in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. The space shuttle launch she was planning to attend was canceled due to a technical issue with the craft’s heaters.
Numerous politicians were expected to be at the event, many of whom hoped to be there to support Giffords, who’s husband Mark Kelly would be commanding the shuttle. According to Politico, about seven percent of the entire Congress was planning to attend the launch.
Giffords, who is still in recovery after being shot in the head at a constituent event in Arizona, would have been in a private area at the launch, a space reserved especially for family members of the crew to allow them to be out of the public eye in case of any unforeseen events.
It is unclear when the launch may be rescheduled.