Published: Feb 04, 2011 6:12 PM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2011 2:35 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has confirmed that the astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will fly to space in April.

NASA said late Friday morning that shuttle commander Mark Kelly will be on board for the final flight of Endeavour. He will resume training as mission commander on Monday.

 In a news release from NASA, Kelly said he looks forward to joining his crew and finishing all the training for the two-week mission. He said they have been training for more than 18 months, and will be ready to carry out the mission.

Kelly is holding a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday afternoon.

 He took a leave from training after his wife was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket.

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