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A public viewing site had been set up about 7 miles northwest of the landing strip, where an estimated 7000 spectators had accumulated on Monday when the storm occurred. Some 4000 returned the next day for the landing. Another 90,000 spectators later saw later saw the shuttle at Northrup Strip during its preparation for the return to Kennedy Space Center. About 1400 VIP’s were invited and attended the first day. About two-thirds of them were able to come back the second day for the landing. By early Monday morning, about 900 newspersons – writers, still photographers, television cameramen and cinematographers – had been accredited to cover the landing. Some had been established at Northrup Strip area for 10 days.

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