Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

Giffords-Kelly Story in a Plan Book

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark KellyGabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly have been strange as one and to one side.

Gabrielle Giffords is a congresswoman from Arizona who amazingly stayed alive after being shot in the head.  Mark Kelly, the commander of the space shuttle Endeavor, was exchanging wedding rings with his wife prior to his last assignment in space. Currently, he is retiring to be with her full time and the two are working together on a memoir that will inform their story, which Kelly speaks the public barely knows.

The book, still untitled, will be a close chronicle of the whole thing from their professions and courtship to the Jan. 8 disaster when a gunman shot Giffords throughout a political happening in Tucson, Ariz.  Six people were killed in the assault and 12 other alongside the congresswoman were wounded.  Scribner will issue the book at a date to be determined.

Kelly, 47 years old, proclaimed his retirement on Facebook.  He was commander of final assignment of Endeavour, which finished June 1.  The choice of Kelly is not surprisisng.  NASA is retiring its space shuttle fleet in one more month and it will be years before the United States has another spacecraft for astronauts to fly.

Giffords, 41 years old, was released from a Houston hospital in the previous week and is placed to begin outpatient therapy.  She had been in the rehab facility since late January, a few weeks after the shooting, and is now living with Kelly at his residence in Texas.