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Giffords Watches Space Shuttle Launch, Says It's "Good Stuff"

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was back in Cape Canaveral today for for the rescheduled launch of the shuttle Endeavour. Giffords, who was sitting in a wheel chair, watched the launch in private with her mother, her husband Mark Kelly's twin Scott Kelly, and other family members. Her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, told CBS News:

"Usually he takes her wedding ring to space. So he took it from her a couple of days ago. But she wanted his. So, yesterday ... he gave her his ring. But his hands are a bit bigger than hers. So it didn't fit on her finger. So, he gave it to me to find a chain to give to her. So, I did last night."

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After the launch, which Giffords described as "good stuff," she traveled back to the Houston rehabilitation center where she's staying. During the 16-day mission, Giffords and Kelly will be able to communicate via video conferencing.

Giffords At Endeavour Blast Off: "Good stuff" [CBS News]

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chritter
chritter is a nocturnal feminist mancatfish

The fact that she's alive is a miracle. That she's recovering? Mind-blowing. Missus Chritter is a neurologist, and most every time I forward her something about Congresswoman Giffords' recovery she replies "Impossible. Can't happen." Which is tongue-in-cheek, of course, but conveys a sense of the incredibly long odds she's beaten already.