April 20th, 2011
04:27 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama family plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour later this month.
According to a senior administration official, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha will watch the launch in person on Friday, April 29th at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last shuttle launch, will be commanded by Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head from the Jan. 8th shootings in Tucson, Arizona. Doctors expect Giffords to make the trip from her Houston hospital room to see her husband's launch.
Kelly will lead a crew of six to deliver physics instruments to the International Space Station. He resumed training with the team in February after being by his wife's side at an Arizona hospital. The crew will arrive in Florida next Tuesday to begin final preparations for the mission.
After the shuttle launch, President Obama will give a commencement speech at Miami Dade College.