NASA Audio File

Text Size

NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Resumes Training For STS-134 Mission
02.04.11
 
NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will resume training as commander of the STS-134 space shuttle mission on Monday, Feb. 7. With the exception of some proficiency training, Kelly has been on personal leave since Jan. 8 to care for his wife, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in a Tucson, Ariz. shooting.

TRT: 1:51
HQ Contact: Michael Curie, 202-358-1100
Center Contact: Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters,281-483-5111
More info: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/feb/HQ_11-036_Kelly_Returns.html

Mark Kelly, commander, STS-134

Clip 1 (:48) - Kelly: "Her days are filled, from the time she gets up at 8 o'clock until after 6 pm with six hours of speech, occupational and physical therapy, so she's got very busy days, and meals in between. And I started to think about STS-134, about the mission, my crew, the fact that I've been training for it for a year and a half. And considering a bunch of other factors, including how ... what Gabrielle would want me to do, and what her parents and her family and my family would like. I ultimately made the decision that I would like to return and command STS-134."
› Play Now

Clip 2 (:32) - Kelly: "So, about two weeks ago I started going through the process myself of what would I need in order to get back with my crew to continue training for STS-134. And, you know, this has been a learning process in brain injury for me and what rehab is like. And after speaking to her rehab doctors and the neurosurgeons here, it also became evident that she was going to be very busy."
› Play Now

Brent Jett, chief, Flight Crew Operations Directorate

Clip 3 (:15) - Jett: "From the NASA Family, we're all very, very thankful about the progress that Gabrielle has made over the past few weeks. We all continue to be hopeful and pray for her continued success as she battles back from this tragedy."
› Play Now

Clip 4 (:16) - Jett: "A large part of the reason we're here today is the fact that she has been ... has made such tremendous progress and has reached a point where we're able to discuss the decision for Mark to resume training and fly as the commander of STS-134."
› Play Now