DATE=9/17/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SHUTTLE-SUNDAY (L) NUMBER=2-266617 BYLINE=DAVID MCALARY DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= INTERNET= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-S and Russian crew of the space shuttle Atlantis sealed up the International Space Station after outfitting it for permanent residence later this year. Science Correspondent David McAlary tells us the shuttle will undock in several hours. TEXT: The seven shuttle astronauts and cosmonauts have turned out the lights and closed the hatch doors on the new home in space, following a week of work as movers, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, and cable installers. Because of the Atlantis visit, the space station is stocked with nearly three-thousand kilograms of new hardware and supplies the first long-duration crew will need to survive four months starting in November. Several maintenance tasks to improve station function are complete. The Russian Progress cargo ship on which many of the goods arrived is filled with the packing material they came in and other trash. It will be destroyed later when Russian ground controllers detach the rocket from the Zvezda command module and send it to burn up during a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. Flight Director Wayne Hale says shuttle managers are ecstatic about the accomplishments of this mission. /// HALE ACT /// I hope that the rest of the assembly flights will be 50-percent as successful as this flight has been. We have not only done everything we set out to do, but we had to scramble around and find even more things to do because everything went so well and we got way ahead - went above and beyond the call of duty in preparing the station for the first expedition crew. It has just gone beyond everybody's expectations. /// END ACT /// Atlantis will undock from the station early Monday Universal Time [11:44 p.m. EDT Sunday]. The shuttle will fly around the station twice to make a photographic survey for inspection by U-S and Russian engineers on the ground. The shuttle is scheduled to land Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida [3:56 a.m. EDT]. U-S government weather forecasters say Hurricane Gordon - which is expected to hit the Florida coast in hours -will not interfere with the landing. Flight Director Hale says, despite the storm, technicians have not moved the next shuttle to visit the space station - Discovery - into its hangar. /// HALE ACT /// The storm track from the National Weather Service is projected to go through north Florida, miss the Cape, so they will not have the high winds that you would associate with a hurricane, but we will have some moderate winds. So the decision that was made earlier this morning by Kennedy Space Center officials was not to roll Discovery off the launch pad. /// END ACT /// Discovery is due to visit the space station in about three-weeks to continue construction work. Its crew is to deliver a connecting tunnel for future modules and add an exterior truss support for a large communications antenna, U-S solar panels, and fuel- saving gyroscopes. (SIGNED) NEB/DEM/ 17-Sep-2000 11:50 AM EDT (17-Sep-2000 1550 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .