Gabrielle Giffords and her life with astronaut husband Mark Kelly
Update, Tuesday 1/11: Astronaut Mark Kelly's somber mission
Giffords and Navy pilot Capt. Mark E. Kelly met in 2003 in a fellowship program that brings young U.S. leaders together with their Chinese counterparts to promote relations between the countries. They started dating a couple years later. In 2006, he blasted off on his second space shuttle mission while she was making her first run for Congress.
They married midway through her first term in November 2007 -- her wedding ring is inscribed, "You're the closest to heaven that I've ever been" -- and the following spring, Kelly was in orbit again on the Discovery.
They've mostly had a commuter marriage the past few years -- she splitting time between Tucson and D.C., while he is based in Houston, and meeting whenever their schedules allow.
Kelly is scheduled to go back in space in April as commander of the Endeavour on the final scheduled shuttle flight. But on Saturday, he was at his wife's side, after a Texas friend arranged a private jet to get him quickly to her hospital bed side in Tucson, the Houston Chronicle reported.
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| January 8, 2011; 9:25 PM ET
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