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DATE=9/14/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=SHUTTLE-THURSDAY (S-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-266488
BYLINE=DAVID MCALARY
DATELINE=WASHINGTON
CONTENT=
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INTRO: U-S space shuttle astronauts and cosmonauts
took on electrician's and plumber's duties Thursday as
they hauled more supplies into the International Space
Station. As V-O-A Science Correspondent David McAlary
reports, they are preparing the outpost for its first
long-duration residents to arrive in November.

TEXT: The pace of transferring cargo from the
shuttle Atlantis and a Russian supply rocket has
stepped up.

Crew members must unload 22-hundred kilograms of goods
before they close the hatch doors of the station
behind them on Sunday. Near the end of their workday
Thursday, they had gone one-third of the way toward
this goal, including transfer of toilet parts, which
they began connecting.

They also provided more power to the station by
completing the wiring of five batteries and a battery
charger in the Russian-built Zvezda command module,
where the first several crews will live and work.

Technicians at Russian Mission Control near Moscow
discovered that one of Zvezda's eight batteries is not
charging correctly. But U-S space agency officials
say its failure would not strain operations by future
station crews because seven batteries can provide more
than enough electricity. (SIGNED)


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Source: Voice of America
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