January 26, 2011

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA would like to express the relief of many of our members to hear on Saturday, January 8 that Representative Gabrielle Giffords had survived an attempt on her life in Tucson, Arizona.  In recent weeks we have been excited to hear the enormous progress she has made on the road to recovery from her injuries.  We would like to wish the best to her and her family as they recover from this tragedy in coming weeks and months.

We would also like to express our continued appreciation for the support and contributions that both Representative Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly made to the 2009 SEDS-USA SpaceVision conference in Tucson.  We appreciate Representative Giffords’ long and continuing support of spaceflight in America on the United States House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.  Many members of the space community, including members of SEDS-USA, have been deeply worried about Giffords and the others who were killed and injured in Arizona since 10 a.m. on that fateful Saturday.

We hope that Representative Giffords will eventually be able to return and continue her work for this country in congress.  It is the hope of the SEDS-USA board and membership that students and citizens around the country join us in our continued support of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her mission of encouraging space exploration.

May she make a full and speedy recovery.

Media Contact: Richard Hanton
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (651) 747-5864

About SEDS:
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space nonprofit organization. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit:

1 comment

  1. Elle Fagan January 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm


    NASA friend and praying for Representative Giffords’ complete recovery.

    I know that Security issues are out of your focus, but perhaps pass this on to the right ones:

    Please get some action on improved security at such functions. Even the simple DMV test would have revealed that the perpetrator had a record and he would not have been permitted near the display and Rep.Giffords and the others.

    This is unspeakably sad. America’s Students have so much power and youth to give impetus to things that work.Won’t you?

    My Dad’s Hands made the gold foil on the LLM and I paint the stars when I can, and try to be at least aware and active of today’s sci-tech options.

    Like Occupant safety and escape pods for planes and tall buildings. My Dad and aero-tech buds had it all sketched and “good to go” 50 years ago, but easy tech was not there to do it up. So at Nineleven, there was all that death…
    another one that did not have to happen, but we missed the mandate.

    But “what about now?”

    thanks for this forum

    elle fagan

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