|SLUG: 2-268183 Shuttle o'nite (s-only)||DATE:||NOTE NUMBER:|
TITLE=SHUTTLE O'NITER (S-ONLY)
INTRO: The U-S shuttle Discovery undocks from the international space station Friday [at 9:40 a.m. EDT] after a week of construction. With four days of work outside the station behind them, shuttle astronauts worked inside Thursday to get it ready for the first residents to arrive in about two weeks. V-O-A science correspondent David McAlary reports.
TEXT: Discovery astronauts made final electrical connections on equipment installed during four spacewalks this week and confirmed the proper operation of the station's new motion control gyroscopes.
They also transferred supplies from Discovery and checked for mildew in the Russian Zarya module. They found none.
Unwanted mold has clouded windows and destroyed electronic equipment on the Russian Mir space station, and the U-S space agency wants to avoid the problem aboard the new outpost.
In Moscow, Russian space officials have delayed the launch of the first U-S-Russian station crew by one day from October 30th to the 31st. They told the French news agency A-F-P the later take-off is required because the shuttle Discovery has moved the station to a new location by raising its orbit. (SIGNED)