Orlando Sentinel: President Barack Obama plans to attend the April 29 launch of space shuttle Endeavour, adding even more star power to NASA’s second-to-last shuttle launch, according to a White House official.

The president will bring his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Sasha and Malia, to the launch, now scheduled at 3:47 p.m. a week from Friday.

…Obama already plans to be in Florida that day for a commencement address at Miami Dade College…

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., severely wounded during an assassination attempt in January, also is planning to attend and watch her husband, Endeavour commander Mark Kelly, lead a crew of six into orbit. Supporters see the trip as a sign she is recovering from her gunshot wounds.

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4 Responses to “lift-off”

  1. 1 northanger
    April 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Godspeed STS-134 Endeavour and Crew.

  2. 2 Suzanne
    April 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Very well said, northanger. May angels watch over them. I’m so glad that Rep. Giffords will be able to attend as well as President Obama and his family. There’s so much positive energy right there! That picture is priceless, too. The trust and caring between the two of them is so apparent. Our President is such a loving man.

  3. 3 globalcitizenlinda
    April 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    May the journey to space and back be excellent for the crew and all the spporting network involved in the launch!!!

    Wishing Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Mark and their families as well as the First Family all the peace and joy that God can bestow

  4. 4 HZ
    April 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Suzanne, I concur. This picture shows so much energy and love for each other. I see a fullness of two people sharing in a moment of pure, “I care about you and what has happened, and I am here for you.” I appreciate all that Mark and his team has done to make this upcoming journey a successful one. May God be with them all.

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