Ronald Reagan at Mission Control, Houston, Texas, USA, 1981.
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Making an extremely long-distance call, the President jokingly asked Joe Engle and Richard Truly, the crew of the second Shuttle flight (STS-2), if they could stop by Washington en route to their California landing site so that he could come along with them. Standing behind Reagan, left to right, are Terry J Hart, NASA Deputy Administrator Dr Hans Mark, NASA Administrator James M Beggs, and Johnson Space Centre Director Dr Christopher C Kraft Jr. Seated next to the President is astronaut Daniel C Brandenstein, talking to the crew in the role of CAPCOM. Directly above the President in the background is Johnson Space Centre Flight Operations Director Eugene F Kranz.