HOUSTON — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords reportedly stood up from her wheelchair to hug and kiss her astronaut husband Mark Kelly in front of a crowd of hundreds at a NASA awards ceremony on Monday.
Giffords smiled and waved to the crowd as she received a standing ovation, according to ABC News.
Kelly received a Spaceflight Medal during the ceremony in Houston.Video: Mark Kelly to retire from NASA (on this page)
Giffords and Kelly held hands for most of the event, according to the report. The 41-year-old congresswoman also appeared to talk with people sitting around her.
Giffords has been in the Houston area undergoing rehabilitation since several weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that left her and 12 others wounded and six people dead.Story: Should Jared Loughner be forcibly drugged?
'Getting out more and more'
C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for Giffords, told NBC News that the Democrat had been showing continuous improvement in her condition.
In addition to traveling to Florida twice — for the scrubbed shuttle launch and the actual launch — she returned to her home in Tucson over Father's Day weekend.Story: Filing says Tucson shooting suspect spit on lawyer
"The congresswoman was just in Tucson … for a Father's Day visit," he said. "She met with the staff there and she climbed a flight of 18 stairs. I think it's no surprise the congresswoman is getting out more and more … She's showing greater physical strength, greater cognitive abilities and greater verbal skills, so it’s not a surprise."
An earlier version of this story said the event would air on NASA TV on Thursday. However, this is a different awards event, which is due to be held at NASA headquarters in Washington.
The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.