Statement by the Vice President on the International Space Station (7/26/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E.
Wednesday, July 26, 2000                               (202) 456-7035


     I congratulate NASA and the Russian Space Agency on the successful
docking of the Russian Service Module "Zvezda" to the orbiting elements of
the International Space Station.  The docking, which took place last night,
makes possible permanent human habitation and continuous scientific
research in space.  It also heralds a new era in space cooperation as
sixteen nations come together to advance the cause of humankind in the
peaceful expanse of space.

     As the Administration has said for years and this docking
demonstrates, the Russians play an important role in this monumental
endeavor, lending valuable scientific and engineering expertise to this
effort. The International Space Station represents an important investment
in America's long-term future in science and technology.  Our work on the
International Space Station is a wise application of U.S. leadership and a
successful demonstration of international cooperation.  I look forward to
the arrival of the first international crew to the International Space
Station later in the fall.


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