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Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend husband's space shuttle launch

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Shuttle Discovery Commander Mark Kelly talks with his wife Gabrielle Giffords before boarding a training aircraft at Kennedy Space Center May 28, 2008 in Florida. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Updated: 3:01PM ET

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend the April 29 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, which her husband, Mark Kelly, will command, Giffords' office confirmed on Friday.

Final confirmation of Giffords' attendance to the event, which will take place at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, is contingent upon the approval of doctors overseeing her recovery.

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The Arizona Democrat was critically injured earlier this year in a mass shooting in Tucson, when 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at a community meeting outside of a grocery store. Giffords and 13 others were injured in the attack, and six people were killed. Giffords is currently recovering at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

According to her office, Giffords will not speak with the press or make a statement at the event. Members of her staff, however, are expected to hold a press conference after the event to discuss Giffords' reaction to her husband's mission.

In a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday, Giffords' office appealed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to classify brain-trauma rehabilitation services as essential benefits under the new health care law, according to USA Today.

During the Tucson attacks, Giffords was shot in the head with a 9mm bullet, which pierced her skull and traveled through the left side of her brain. While doctors do not speak about the details of her recovery, citing doctor-patient privilege, reports indicate that she has regained her speech capabilities and memory, and can walk unaided.

CBS News' William Harwood reports that a government shutdown would not likely affect Endeavour's launch plans unless a furlough extended beyond April 18, as the shuttle's processing flow includes nine days of contingency time.