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SLUG: 2-268744Space Station Docking Alt. (L-O) DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=11/02/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=SPACE STATION DOCKING-ALTERNATE (L-O)

NUMBER=2-268744

BYLINE=DAVID McALARY

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

CONTENT=

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2-268740, "SPACE STATION DOCKING" ///

INTRO: The first residents of the international space station have arrived at their new home. After a two-day flight in a Russian Soyuz space capsule, a U-S astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked a few minutes ahead of schedule. Science Correspondent David McAlary reports several teams are to occupy the outpost during the next 15-years.

TEXT: Soyuz commander Yuri Gidzenko, flight engineer Sergei Krikalev, and space station commander William Shepherd pulled up slowly to the station after flight controllers outside Moscow maneuvered it into the proper position.

Cosmonaut Gidzenko heard here through a translator - verified the link-up.

/// GIDZENKO THROUGH TRANSLATOR ///

We have contact. We confirm contact.

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The docking of the three-man crew generated accolades on all sides. At a Moscow news conference, U-S space agency chief Daniel Goldin hailed the 16-nation partnership that made the event possible.

/// GOLDIN ACT ///

It is very, very sweet because we did it together not just with the Russian space agency, but with our friends from the European space agency, Japanese space agency, and Canada. Separately we might have tried to do it, and we would not be here. Today we are here.

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Yuri Semenov - the head of the state R-S-C-Energiya company that built the station's Russian modules said through a translator that the docking is only the beginning of a long cooperative effort.

/// SEMENOV ACT ///

The station today with the docking has now taken a new life. It is a totally new phase now. We have many launches ahead of us very painstaking work ahead of us. So I want to congratulate all those who have taken part in this tremendous effort and may we have success in the future.

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About 90-minutes after docking, the three crewmen floated into the Russian Zvezda module their home for the next four-months - to begin their first day of work. In an interview before Tuesday's launch from Kazakhstan, station commander Shepherd explained what this would entail.

/// SHEPHERD ACT ///

We are going to go around the house and turn the utilities on. We are going to want to get at the fresh water, be able to heat it and make food, turn the toilet on it has got some assembly that goes with it configure some radios. And if we get all of that done the first day, we will count it as a success.

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In the following days, the three crewmen will activate computers, life support and exercise equipment, and other systems that will be used by subsequent teams.

During their stay, U-S space shuttles and Russian rockets will bring up more hardware to supply and expand the station. This includes a U-S research laboratory in January to allow the next crews to conduct full-time scientific studies of prolonged space life on the human body.

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The space station has an expected lifetime of 15-years. The U-S space agency's station operations manager, Jim Van Laak [LACK], says the docking is the start of what he hopes is a continuous human presence in space.

/// VAN LAAK ACT ///

We would hope that from this point on we will never have a period where humans are not living in space. We will learn to conquer low Earth orbit, how to keep people alive for years at a time, and then move on to the moon and onto Mars - and who knows where we can go from there?

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A U-S space shuttle will retrieve this first space station crew in February and deliver its replacement. (SIGNED)

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