President Ronald Reagan celebrated American Independence day on July 4 by watching the 'Columbia' space shuttle return to earth at Edwards Airforce Base, California.
1. GV President Reagan with former astronauts on rostrum at Edwards Airforce Base, California. 0.06
2. GV Shuttle coming into land. 0.11
3. GV President Reagan with his wife and former astronauts watching. 0.16
4. GVs Space shuttle Columbia landing, mission control voice over pictures with the Reagan's and NASA officials watching. (5 SHOTS) 1.47
5. GV President Reagan and his wife smiling and talking after successful landing. 1.55
6. AV Shuttle on tarmac, mission control voice over picture. 2.00
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President Ronald Reagan celebrated American Independence day on July 4 by watching the 'Columbia' space shuttle return to earth at Edwards Airforce Base, California. The shuttle had completed its fourth and final test flight when astronauts Ken Mattingly and Henry Hartsfield brought the craft down for the first landing on a concrete runway. The touch down was watched by nearly half a million sightseers on the 206th anniversary of U.S, independence. After this successful mission NASA officials and Columbia's crew agreed the shuttle was ready to begin a routine ferry service carrying satellites and laboratories into space. The first operational flight will take place in November of this year and the space agency has scheduled a further 63 flights up to November 1987, - eight of them secret Defence Department missions. After watching the landing President Reagan reaffirmed a strong U.S. commitment to space exploration. He said the development of space technology would strengthen U.S, security and provide enormous economic and scientific benefits.
Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)