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Reagan drops by space center to hail a source of opportunity

President Reagan, linking technology to his campaign themes, saluted space agency employees Thursday, saying they had ignited a revolution that is transforming the ''great black night of space into a bright new world of opportunities.''

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The President traveled to Goddard Space Flight Center here to visit one of the seven National Aeronautics and Space Administration facilities. He toured the technology exhibits and addressed the top-ranking 500 of the center's 8,000 employees.