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Giffords Cleared To Be At Shuttle Launch, Husband Says

HOUSTON - NASA astronaut Mark Kelly says his injured wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will attend his launch in Florida on Friday.

Doctors are allowing the Arizona congresswoman to travel for the first time since she was flown from Tucson to Houston more than three months ago to recover from a gunshot wound to the head, Kelly told CBS.

In an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric, Kelly said Giffords' doctors had given her permission to travel to Florida for the launch of the shuttle Endeavour, which is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. ET Friday. Kelly is the commander of Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station.

CBS released excerpts of the interview Sunday, and it was scheduled to air Monday on "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," according to a network statement.

"I've met with her doctors, her neurosurgeon and her doctors, and ... they've given us permission to take her down to the launch," Kelly said in the interview in Houston. The network statement did not specify when the interview occurred.

James Hartsfield, spokesman for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, referred all questions about Giffords to the congresswoman's office, where there was no immediate comment.

President Barack Obama and the first family also are scheduled to watch the launch, although it's unclear if they will watch it with Giffords.

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