Planetary Society Statement Regarding Representative Giffords

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2011

Mat Kaplan
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

The Planetary Society offers the following statement regarding the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who holds a seat on the House Science and Technology Committee, and has served as chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Giffords is also married to shuttle astronaut Mark Kelly.


"The board members and staff of the Planetary Society are saddened by this attack on Representative Giffords and other innocent bystanders, and offer their best wishes for her recovery and their sympathy to the other victims and their families."

About The Planetary Society

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit