DATE=2/11/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S-RUSSIA-SPACE STATION (S) NUMBER=2-259061 BYLINE=DAVID MCALARY DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-S and Russian space agencies have announced that Russia will launch a long-delayed module for the International Space Station in July. The decision appears to remove a point of contention between the two agencies, as we hear from V-O-A Science Correspondent David McAlary. TEXT: Discussions between U-S and Russian space officials in Moscow Thursday and Friday have produced an agreement that the Russian Service Module will be launched from Kazakhstan between July 8th and 14th. The module - which will provide propulsion for the space station and living quarters for the first crews -- was originally scheduled for launch in April, 1998. But Russian financial difficulties and technical trouble with the Proton launch rocket caused repeated postponements and has set back station construction. The U-S space agency NASA grew so exasperated with the delays that its chief - Daniel Goldin - criticized Moscow publicly last week, saying he doubted its dedication to the space station project, especially since it decided to revive its abandoned Mir space station. Two international station modules - a U-S component and a Russian unit - have already been connected in orbit. (SIGNED) NEB/DEM/KL 11-Feb-2000 12:19 PM EDT (11-Feb-2000 1719 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .