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Touring the International Space Station at CNN.com

Aired November 2, 2000 - 9:32 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: They're making history in space today. The first residents of the International Space Station home sweet home now. The crew is called Expedition 1 and they have docked the Russian rocket with the orbiting outpost today. The U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are settling in now for their four-month stay on board.

And you can watch the history-making developments from the ISS by logging onto our Web site at CNN.com. And you can even take a virtual stroll through that space station.

Leon Harris has and joins us at CNN.com with an update now.

Hey, Leon, good morning.

LEON HARRIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Bill, good morning.

Good morning once again to you folks at home as well. This story we've got for you this morning down here on CNN Interactive is the perfect counterbalance to the breaking news we had this morning out of the Middle East: total international cooperation we've got up in space right now.

Go to the CNN main page, click on space and go to CNN.com/space and click on the story about the space station crew boarding their new home. We've got some really, really neat stuff on this page today.

First of all, let's get to what we've got here on the page. We've got an exclusive interview here, again, with Miles O'Brien, our space correspondent who has been over in Kazakhstan for the launch, and he's been in the Russian control center the entire time during the mission, so he's got some really great insight on what's been happening over there.

And then we've -- later on, we've got video for you to check out. We've got video of the actual docking, which took place, I think, around about 5:21 Eastern this morning, about three minutes ahead of schedule, just in case you were counting.

Also, here's what I think is going to be the neatest thing you'll find all day on the Web. Check this out: a 360-degree stroll through the International Space Station, and it really doesn't take that long to load. But look at the options you've got here. You can pick almost any point on the station to start your tour. You can start with node number one, the habitation module, the Japanese lab module, the connecting node number two, the U.S. laboratory or the Columbus orbital facility.

Bill, which one do you think you want to go check out?

HEMMER: Why don't you guess my best for me, huh, Leon?

HARRIS: OK, how about if we start out -- just check out the habitation module.

HEMMER: Like that.

HARRIS: Why don't we. It only takes a couple seconds to load up. But once you get in, you can use your mouse to do this, and I suggest you start in the center by moving around because you get kind of dizzy. Look at this, you go to the edge, it can move a little fast.

HEMMER: Looks like a hospital.

HARRIS: There you go.

HEMMER: Oh, OK, that's not. It looks like a hospital room in there, Leon.

HARRIS: Exactly. Well, you'll need one if you go around inside that fast.

(LAUGHTER)

HARRIS: But look at this: Also you can click on some of the items that are inside the picture, and they'll give you some information about it and you can double click on it and get some more data on it. But this is really neat stuff.

Now, in addition to all that, we've also got a message board here for folks who want to -- whoops, we don't want that one.

We've got a message board for folks that in case you want to go out and check and see some of the information that we're getting -- notes and things we're getting from other people who are checking it out.

So make sure you check it out. Lots there on the Web to see this morning -- Bill.

HEMMER: All right, excellent. OK, Leon Harris, thank you very much, down at CNN.com. We will indeed check that out.

Thank you, sir.

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