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Gabrielle Giffords Honored Husband, Waved to Crowd in Houston

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head during the January rampage that killed six and injured 13, made her first public appearance in front of a crowd on Monday during a ceremony for her astronaut husband Mark Kelly. Giffords attended the event in a wheelchair, but stood to embrace Kelly, who received the Spaceflight Medal at the Space Center Houston. Kelly commanded the mission being honored, Endeavour’s final launch, and has since retired to write a book with his wife. Giffords received a standing ovation when she arrived, and wore her hair “shorter than in previously published photos,” ABC reports, along with “glasses, a beige scarf, a light shirt, jeans and sneakers.” Giffords “smiled and waved to the crowd,” but left early. [ABC News]