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Reagan Salutes Astronauts, Sees Space Era Ahead

United Press International

President Reagan saluted “five brave countrymen"--the Discovery astronauts--at the White House today and urged America’s schoolchildren to study hard and reach for the stars.

“I’ll predict the crew of Discovery has launched a whole new generation of space pioneers,” the President said at a Rose Garden ceremony honoring the astronauts and their families.

“There is so much that lies ahead. You know I have to wonder how far is the day when the children of America turn to the parents and say, ‘Gee, mom and dad, can I borrow the space ship tonight?’ ”

Discovery astronauts Frederick Hauck, Richard Covey, David Hilmers, George (Pinky) Nelson and John (Mike) Lounge flanked the President during the brief ceremony attended by the astronauts’ wives.

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The astronauts presented Reagan patches carried on their mission, to be worn on a flight jacket they presented to him earlier.


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