Friday, February 4, 2011

Capt. Kelly Drilled On Decision To Fly, And Wife's (Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) Condition

The NASA press conference with Capt. Mark Kelly talking about his - and NASA's - decision to continue to be the commander of the Space Shuttle mission scheduled for April bounced around between several locations where reporters were gathered.  All of them had the same questions, in one form or another.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-CD8) condition?  "She's improving.  Rather quickly."  That, and acknowledging that he and Giffords "ha(d) a discussion" about his decision were as far as he wanted to go in giving information about what she is and is not able to do.

Why are you going?  He also expressed - several times - his confidence in the decision that he has made.  He followed advice and tried out both options (commanding, not commanding) last week, and the decision is the correct one.

So, just as drilling for space shuttle flights involves lots of repetitions and preparing for slightly different scenarios, Kelly was asked the questions in so many different iterations;  yet, he was able to stick to his pre-chosen plans on what to divulge and what not to divulge.

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