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Pictures: Space shuttle Columbia through the years

U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks to a crowd of more than 45,000 people at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center following the landing of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-4) on July 4, 1982. To the right of the President are First Lady Nancy Reagan and NASA Administrator James Beggs. To the left are STS-4 Columbia astronauts Thomas Mattingly and Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr. The Enterprise is in the background. NASA, REUTERS