Shuttle Launch Postponed Due To Technical Issue

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.

Photo by United States Congress (http://giffords.house.gov/MilitaryHiRes.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

19 comments

LMj Sunshine

With or without the shuttle these are 2 truly remarkable people who are indeed an amazing example seperately and as a couple, thank you for the article.

LMj Sunshine

With or without the shuttle these are 2 truly remarkable people who are indeed an amazing example seperately and as a couple, thank you for the article.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.5 years ago

It's so good to hear that she has recovered enough plan to make this trip, even if it was canceled. She was the best thing in Arizona politics and our best hope for sanity. It was a terrible loss for this state.

JoAnn F.
JoAnn Gerfen5 years ago

What a lady and what a gentleman-That Gifford couple!!!!!Gutsy!
Makes me proud to be an American!

barbara b.

Glad Gabrielle is doing better, but I feel we should not have any
more space launches. The seriousness of our failing economy is
why we need to redirect the money, spent in these launches, also what about the pollution issue?

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

So happy that she is well enough to attend the launch when it does go through.
Our president went on to tour the tornado destruction. There has been a shut down of major nuclear reactors in AL, being backed up by generators that use thousands of gallons of diesel. Our watershed on the Mississipp Riveri and other areas also have mis-placed nuclear reactors. Nature hates nuclear plants. We must convince President Obama to continue to ban on constructing them, mining uranium, etc.

Marilyn NO FWDS D.
5 years ago

Glad they had the sense to cancel until they could resolve the technical issues.

Georgia I.
Georgia I.5 years ago

I still want to know why we're not replacing the shuttle program

Amanda M.
Amanda M.5 years ago

Better safe than sorry. I'm looking foward to watching Endeavor's final launch when it's rescheduled.

Nic F.
Nic F.5 years ago

I'm very glad it's not because of a relapse for Gabby, I hope by the time they reschedule it, she will be even better able to attend and support her brave husband.