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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Obama to attend launch of shuttle Endeavour

President Obama will attend the final scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on April 29.

The shuttle’s six-person crew is led by Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson in January. Giffords is likely to attend the launch as well, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which first reported the news about Obama’s trip.  

Obama’s trip will come as the U.S. government is ending its shuttle program this year as part of budget cuts. Endeavour is making its last flight to the International Space Station; the shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch on June 28 for the program’s final mission.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/20/2011

 
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