Statement by President Ronald
Reagan on the Successful Landing of the Columbia
"Your brave adventure has opened a new era
in space travel. You put new worlds within closer reach and more knowledge
in our grasp.
We thank God for your safe return.
You were right, Captain Crippen, when you said
that the Columbia and her voyage would mean much to this country and to
the world. Today the world watched us in triumph. Today our friends and
our adversaries are reminded that we are a free people capable of great
deeds. We are a free people in search of progress for mankind, and today
we found a little more.
We are grateful to you and to those who have
worked with you. We are proud of you, and we are proud of our country.