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Rep. Giffords returns to DC for her husband’s retirement from NASA

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) returned to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to attend the retirement ceremony for her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.

Kelly’s ceremony takes place Thursday afternoon at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. Vice President Biden will speak at the ceremony and administer the retirement oath to Kelly.

{mosads}Kelly retired from NASA shortly after Giffords was shot in January. He became an astronaut in 1996 and commanded the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour this past spring.

According to her office, this is only the sixth time Giffords has left Houston since January and only the second trip back to Washington. Giffords was shot in the head during a meet-and-greet with her constituents in Tucson, Ariz. 

Six people were killed and 13 injured at the event. Giffords was treated at Houston’s TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and continues to undergo intensive physical rehabilitation as an outpatient.

Giffords’s office plans to post pictures of the congresswoman on her Facebook page following the retirement ceremony. The first photo of Giffords post-injury was released in June, and she made a public appearance on the House floor during the debt-ceiling vote in August, but the majority of her recovery has remained private.

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