Mark Kelly Sent Space Shout-Out to Giffords

Endeavour commander surprises during U2 concert

By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2011 5:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Not content to boast one of the best live shows on planet Earth, U2 went even further for a cameo during a recent concert. Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly delivered a message to his wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during the band's concert Saturday night at Seattle's Qwest Field, reports AP.

Bono dedicated the song "Beautiful Day" to Giffords, then told the audience, "Imagine a man looking down on us from 200 miles up. Looking down at our beautiful crowded planet. What would he say to us? What is on your mind, Commander Kelly?" The astronaut then appeared on a video monitor with a message recorded during the recent mission to the International Space Station. He quoted lyrics from David Bowie's "Space Oddity," saying, "Tell my wife I love her very much." Endeavour had, of course, already returned from its final mission, so Kelly could relay the message himself.

US space shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly sent a message from space to his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, during a recent U2 concert.
US space shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly sent a message from space to his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, during a recent U2 concert.   (Getty Images)
Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly thanks friends, family and co-workers during a welcome home ceremony, Thursday, June 2, 2011, at a NASA hangar in Houston.
Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly thanks friends, family and co-workers during a welcome home ceremony, Thursday, June 2, 2011, at a NASA hangar in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Mark Kelly, STS-134 commander, gets to work soon after Endeavour reaches Earth orbit as he sits at the commander's station on May 16, 2011 in space.
Mark Kelly, STS-134 commander, gets to work soon after Endeavour reaches Earth orbit as he sits at the commander's station on May 16, 2011 in space.   (Getty Images)
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