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President Obama -- and family -- to Florida for shuttle launch

President Obama and his family will return to Florida and Kennedy Space Center on April 29 to attend the planned launch of the space shuttle, Endeavour, the White House said today.

Endeavour is scheduled to blast off April 29 on its final voyage, the second last before the shuttle program ends. Special preparations are also under way in case the commander's wife, wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is able to attend. The mission will be led by Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband. He is awaiting doctors' permission for his wife to attend the afternoon launch.