INTRODUCTION: In the United States Americans throughout the country were celebrating the safe return of the Space Shuttle Columbia on Tuesday (14 April), the world's first re-usable spacecraft.
GVs Shuttle touching down (2 shots)
GV Shuttle nose wheel touches down and shuttle comes to halt
GV Nasa truck driving towards shuttle. AERIAL VIEW shuttle stationary on runway. (3 shots)
GV Astronaut John Young leaves shuttle and comes down steps
GV Edwards Airbase Mission Control and technicians applauding
GV Astronaut Crippen leaves shuttle and comes down steps
GV Kennedy Space Centre staff applauding
GV Astronauts moving through applauding crowds
Shuttle commander John Young at Microphone speaking to crowds. Crowd listening (2 shots)
SV Robert Crippen at microphone speaking to crowds
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
REPORTER: "On the other side of the country there was jubilation at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral where the mission began after a delay caused by a computer mix-up. While Young and Crippen had some things to say here at Edwards Air Force Base."
YOUNG: "I think we've got a fantastic and remarkable capability here. We're really not too far, the human race isn't, from going to the stars and Bob and I are mighty glad to have been a part of that evolution, thank you."
CRIPPEN: "I think myself and all my compatriots are going to get minimal opportunities to fly but as has been said here we are really back in the space business to stay."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the United States Americans throughout the country were celebrating the safe return of the Space Shuttle Columbia on Tuesday (14 April), the world's first re-usable spacecraft. President Reagan, joined by government leaders throughout the world, praised the success of Columbia's first mission.
SYNOPSIS: Millions of people throughout the world watched the delta-winged Columbia glide to a perfect landing on a dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force after a flawless 36-orbit maiden voyage. There had been some concern at the loss during the launch of 16 insulating tiles from the ship's rear engine and fears that more may have been lost from the underside of the craft. But in the event no other tiles were missing and the craft was well protected from the searing heat of re-entry.
Flight manager Deke Slayton said he expected only minimal work would have to be done on the tiles before the craft's next flight in August. After three more test flights the Columbia will begin carrying payloads of up to 30 tons into orbit for private business as well as for the government. Later it will ferry as many as five scientists on missions.
Astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen returned to an ecstatic welcome at Edwards Air Force base after their mission and they too were eager to go into space again. They were convinced that the United States was firmly back in the space business.