05/11/2012 10:30 am ET

Mark Kelly Comments On Gabrielle Giffords' Continuing Recovery

Mark Kelly weighed in on his wife Gabrielle Giffords' recovery Friday morning, saying she's "doing really well."

"We were up in D.C. a couple days ago, she's back in Houston now," Kelly said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "[She's] back, you know, doing her rehab, and she's in a great mood and she's getting better."

Gene Cernan -- who appeared with Kelly to discuss the commissioning of the National Flight Academy at Pensacola Naval Air Station -- called Giffords a "dynamic young woman."

"If anyone can overcome this problem, she can," Cernan said. "There's no question in my mind you're going to see a lot of her in the future."

Giffords is still recovering from an assassination attempt in Tucson in January 2011. The former congresswoman has undergone intensive speech and physical therapy in an attempt to repair damage to the left side of her brain caused by a bullet entering just over her left eye.

Giffords made a rare public appearance in Tucson on the anniversary of the shooting, attending a candlelight vigil and leading a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. She has since made several other public appearances -- including a stop to watch Obama's 2012 State of the Union address -- and is reportedly considering a trip to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

In January 2012, Giffords stepped down as Tucson's U.S. representative. Ron Barber, Giffords' former congressional aide, is running to succeed her.