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Rep. Giffords's Spacey Party

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is a little less spaced out now that her husband is back on planet Earth.

Giffords and Kelly
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Cmdr. Mark Kelly. (Courtesy Gabrielle Giffords)

The newlywed congresswoman is so proud of her husband, Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly, who commanded last month's space shuttle mission to the International Space Station, she's throwing a party for him tonight on Capitol Hill.

"Please join me in celebrating the shuttle program, the cornerstone of NASA over the past three decades set to phase out by 2010, and the talented crew that makes it come to life," Giffords wrote Tuesday in an email invitation to House colleagues.

Giffords is co-hosting the party with Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), whose district is home to the Kennedy Space Center. (The reception will be a nice reprieve for Feeney, who's getting pummeled in his reelection race for his infamous 2003 golf trip to Scotland with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is now in prison.)

Giffords tells us she plans to serve "space-themed cookies and gummy shuttles" at the party. But, don't worry, mission control, there will be no space cake (a favorite of drug-crazed tourists in Amsterdam, where, unlike in Washington, it's actually legal).

The congresswoman says the party is less about her husband than it is about recognizing the overall accomplishments of NASA and the entire crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-124. She cites this year's NASA reauthorization bill, which passed the House by a large bipartisan majority, 409-15.

Tonight's party was organized by NASA's office of legislative affairs. The highlight will surely be the video that Commander Kelly will provide of the mission, which included three space walks.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2008; 10:06 AM ET
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And do the congressperson and her husband vote or are they e to v?
And did they bring me my 101 or reverse back to Earth? Isn't it nice to do a C around the Earth?

dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: dePaul Consiglio Monsey NY USA | July 16, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Are you mentally ill? Whatever you say in these comment pages, it never makes any sense.

Are these people friends of yours? Otherwise, why on earth would you write about such garbage?

Posted by: Mike | July 17, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Very Funny Mike
Thanks for you IP
I guess you might not know your own last name like I know mine.

dP Consiglio

Posted by: dePaul Consiglio | July 18, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Gabrielle Giffords is doing a marvelous job representing our Tucson, Az district. Our soon to be gone president is in Tucson this morning, raising $$ for Gabrielle's opponent, Tim Bee. Dems here are shouting Bush Bee Gone.

Posted by: ray | July 18, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't imagine how Gabrielle Cliffods is proud of her husband. It was a universal wonderful experince for him, I would like to be closed to him to inquire about the planents he had seen . I would like to take part to the party to congratulate him but it is impossible. I am proud of his shuttle mission and would like to join him in celebrating the shuttle program.

Posted by: Luma Luckenson | July 18, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the report: lawmakers should look after how the money they appropriate is used and the space explorations are wonderful exemplars.

Congresswoman Giffords has pushed for support of solar energy as a promising path for her district and the southwestern states. too bad there is no video to show her fellow lawmakers but there can be progress, if those colleagues see and support exploring the many benefits to come from exploiting the sun.

Posted by: crowesq | July 19, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

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