- Title: KAZAKHSTAN: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW ARRIVE AT LAUNCH SITE.
- Date: 20th October 2000
- Summary: BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN, (OCTOBER 18, 2000) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. MV/PAN: CAPTAIN BILL SHEPHERD (FAR LEFT), SERGEI KRIKALYOV (CENTRE), AND YURI GIDZENKO (FAR RIGHT) WITH BAIKONUR LABORATORY WORKERS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPH 0.16 2. LAS/GV: SPACE CREW CLIMBING PLATFORM (2 SHOTS) 0.32 3. GV/CU/PAN: LABORATORY WORKERS HELP BILL SHEPHERD INTO LAUNCH-CHAIR MODULE, PUTS GLOVES ON HIM (7 SHOTS) 1.36 4. CU/GV: YURI GIDZENKO WATCHING PROCESS / SHEPHERD HELPED UP FROM CHAIR, SITS DOWN BY HIS CREW (2 SHOTS) 1.55 5. LAS/GV: LABORATORY/ SPACE CREW WALK DOWN STAIRS AND POSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH WORKERS, WAVE HANDS AND WALK OFF (2 SHOTS) 2.18 6. CU: (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER BILL SHEPHERD SAYING: "We want to start permanent crew operations on board the International Space Station, we want to have a successful flight, an effective period on board and a safe landing on the Space Shuttle." 2.40 7. GV/ZOOM/CU: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) YURI GIDZENKO SAYING: "I agree with the chief, we're ready for launch. The four years of preparation have produced their result. We just have the last final touches to make and it seems we'll blast off on the 31st of October." 2.54 8. GV: INTERIOR OF COSMODROME 3.03 9. GV/CU/PAN: VARIOUS OF SPACESUITS (2 SHOTS) 3.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN
- Country: Kazakhstan
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- Story Text: The joint American-Russian space crew due to be the
first inhabitants of the $60 billion International Space
Station has arrived near the launch site and begun final
Bill Shepherd of the United States and Russians Sergei
Krikalyov and Yuri Gidzenko are set to blast-off for the
International Space Station at the end of October.
They tested their spacesuits at the Baikonur cosmodrome to
make sure that they would hold up to outer space, verifying
each component. The crew will also inspect the craft which
will take them into orbit.
The blast-off, if it goes on schedule, will crown an effort
fraught with several years of delays but which has charted the
unknown in the biggest international space venture.
The space station brings together Canada, the European
Union, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
Commander Shepherd said his crew was ready and eager to get
the go-ahead, "We want to start permanent crew operations on
board the International Space Station, we want to have a
successful flight, an effective period on board and a safe
landing on the Space Shuttle," he said.
Russian crew member Yuri Gidzenko said, "I agree with the
chief, we're ready for launch. The four years of preparation
have produced their result. We just have the last final
touches to make and it seems we'll blast off on the 31st of
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