Monday, July 23, 2012

OMG! No, Gabrielle Giffords Did NOT Just Go Mountain Climbing In the Alps! But, Still! (PHOTO)

The headline startled me: "Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly Scale The French Alps".  The photo took my breath away.  But, NO, she did not "scale" the peak.  The Reuters story makes it
 clear that she took a "two stage cable car" up to this Aiguille du Midi peak.  

Giffords accompanied her husband and several other astronauts on the trip, which was to commemorate "the 100th anniversary of the discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess in 1912. The event also marks the 14th month anniversary of the installation of the cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station (ISS) by the astronauts during the last mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, code-named STS-134, when they flew the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to the ISS."

So, she's not (yet) mountain climbing;  hopefully, it is a small indication that her efforts to
 recover from the would-be assassin's bullet has not yet *peaked*.
Even without climbing, that picture is something!

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