Kelly, Giffords Reunite, Hold Hands for 2 Hours

Rep calls it 'a very touching moment'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 5:00 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shows Giffords, left, with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.   (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, File)

(Newser) – America's sweethearts are together again: Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords reunited last night after Kelly returned from his space shuttle mission, and the couple held hands for two hours. "They are smiling ear-to-ear and haven't let go of each other's hands," Giffords' spokesperson told the AP, calling it "a very touching moment."

Kelly, who spoke to his wife nearly every day on the phone and once on video during the 16-day mission, landed Wednesday and rushed to Giffords' rehabilitation center after a public celebration yesterday. Giffords had changed from sweats to jeans and a blouse, and when her husband arrived she was still putting on make-up. It had been 18 days since they had last been together. Click for the latest on Giffords' recovery.

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