DATE=9/12/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SPACE STATION ENTRY WRAP (L) NUMBER=2-266384 BYLINE=DAVID MCALARY DATELINE=WASHINGTON INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S space shuttle astronauts and cosmonauts floated into the International Space Station Tuesday to begin outfitting it for full-time habitation, later this year. V-O-A Science Correspondent David McAlary reports that they began the first of several days of cargo transfer. TEXT: The Atlantis team opened and passed through 12 hatches to get from the U-S "Unity" compartment to the new Russian-built Zvezda command module and a Russian Progress supply vehicle that arrived in August. Lead station flight director Mark Ferring says they waited while air pressure was equalized from one module to another before they unlatched the doors. /// FERRING ACT /// We're basically opening up all the hatches and getting in to all the spaces and hooking up all the ventilation ducts and turning on the fans and powering up all the avionics [aviation electronics] that you need and turning on the lights and making sure the house is ready for folks to live in. /// END ACT /// The seven Atlantis crewmen have been given at least five days to transfer 22-hundred kilograms of cargo from the shuttle and the cargo ship. The U-S space agency (NASA) is expected to add another day to the work schedule, if fuel holds out. Although some transfers have already begun, Mr. Ferring says most of the day was spent simply opening the outpost and assessing the condition of Zvezda. That is the so-called Service Module, which arrived at the station in August to become the permanent crew residence beginning in November. /// FERRING ACT /// Everybody is happy to see the Service Module. It's kind of like opening a new gift to see what's in there where you get inside. Everything seems to be working very well in the Zvezda module. The crew is busily putting everything together in there and getting ready for the work at hand because, of course, at this point, we've connected with the spacecraft and we've gotten into it, and now tomorrow, we actually go to work. /// END ACT /// The shuttle crew entered Zvezda wearing surgical masks and eye protection to guard against floating debris that may have been released when the cabin passed beyond gravity after its launch in August. But the gear quickly came off when the environment appeared clean. The Atlantis crew is also carrying personal ear plugs because the noise level inside the Russian cabins -- caused by fans and other equipment -- is like that of a busy street. But astronaut Ed Lu told reporters recently he and his colleagues do not expect to wear the ear protection on this mission. /// LU ACTIALITY /// I think the issue there is more of a long-term issue for crews who will be up there for months. We're going to be spending only five days total time. I don't think it's going to be an issue. /// END ACTUALITY /// By the end of the visit to the space station next week, the shuttle crew will have stored clothing, medical kits, laptop computers, a printer, vacuum cleaners, a treadmill for exercise, a toilet and life support hardware -- including a Russian oxygen- generation kit and a carbon dioxide removal unit. (SIGNED) NEB/DEM/TVM/PLM 12-Sep-2000 06:58 AM EDT (12-Sep-2000 1058 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .