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NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Resumes Training For STS-134 Mission

Feb. 04, 2011

Michael Curie 
Headquarters, Washington      

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 

RELEASE: 11-036


HOUSTON -- 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. 

"I am looking forward to rejoining my STS-134 crew members and 
finishing our training for the mission," Kelly said. "We have been 
preparing for more than 18 months, and we will be ready to deliver 
the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space 
Station and complete the other objectives of the flight. I appreciate 
the confidence that my NASA management has in me and the rest of my 
space shuttle crew." 

"We are glad to have Mark back," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the 
Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "He is a 
veteran shuttle commander and knows well the demands of the job. We 
are confident in his ability to successfully lead this mission, and I 
know I speak for all of NASA in saying 'welcome back'. 

A news briefing will be held at 2 p.m. CST today at Johnson to discuss 
Kelly's return. The briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television. 

Questions will be taken from reporters at Johnson, NASA Headquarters 
and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Participants will include: 
-- Mark Kelly, commander, STS-134 
-- Peggy Whitson, chief, Astronaut Office 
-- Brent Jett, chief, Flight Crew Operations Directorate 

Because of winter weather conditions, Johnson will be closed until 
noon. However, the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 is staffed to 
receive calls from journalists requesting credentials. 

On Monday, Feb. 7, NASA TV will broadcast video b-roll of Kelly's 
first training session with his crew at 11:30 a.m. CST. Additional 
b-roll of his first day of training will air at 3 p.m. The training 
sessions will not be available for filming by news media. 
Astronaut Rick Sturckow, the backup commander for the mission, will 
resume his role as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. For more 
information about the STS-134 mission and crew, visit: 


Kelly's biography can be found at: 


For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, 



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