Giffords has deep ties to NASA through husband


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The horrific shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords is being felt all the way to space.

Giffords’ husband is astronaut Mark Kelly, who is slated to fly a space shuttle in April. His identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is commander of the international space station.

From space, Scott Kelly tweeted his thanks for support and prayers. He praised his sister-in-law, and called it a sad day. He is stuck on the space station until March.

The shuttle flight Giffords’ husband is supposed to lead as commander might be NASA’s last shuttle flight before the spacecraft are retired. NASA says it’s premature to speculate as to whether he will be able to go ahead as commander of that shuttle mission.