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4:00 a.m. on the east east coast. the separation of children at the u.s. border is happening. kritd tikinhumane, but the white house says it is not their fault. but the facts show 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and that is just mid april through may, this according to the department of homeland security. the increase in family separations the result of the trump administration's zero tolerance policy where adults face criminal charges for entering the united states illegally. u.s. president blamed the democrats. the children, the children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately. the democrats forced that law upon our nation. i hate it. i hate to see separation of parents and children. >> but democrats did not force the practice on anyone. this increase of family
separations occurred after the trump administration decided to prosecute all offenders. their aim there, to send a message hoping it would deter families from entering the united states illegally, but still more are coming. ed lavendera starts our coverage. >> reporter: it is hard to see people moving through the thick vegetation. the rio grande is just beyond the tree line. and just like that, they appear out of the brush. a small group of undocumented immigrants walking into a public park. we just came across this group of undocumented immigrants here in the town of mission, texas. two adults, four children, just finished crossing the rio grande here a little while ago and now they are in the custody of border patrol. this group is actually made up of three different groups. they say they met along the journey from honduras and decided to enter the united states together. border patrol agents give them water and they sit in the shade
as they wait for a vehicle to take them to a border patrol station. there is jonathan, 11 years old. he says he left honduras with you cousins, but they abandoned him along the way. his mother lives in virginia and told him not to make this journey alone. but now he is here. i told her i wanted to come, he says, but she says it is very dangerous. are you scared? a little, he says. it is a brief conversation that leaves you with many more questions about how a young boy can get to this point as an unaccompanied minor, he will likely end up for the time being in a children's shelter like this one as federal authorities try to connect the boy with his mother. the rest of this group is made up of two adult women with their children. dalia is 24, and she crossed the border with her little boy. why did you come? she says gang members left a note at her home threatening to
kill her and that is when she decided to flee. are you afraid they will separate you from your children? yes, he is my son you and i love him, she says. i have carried him throughout my journey. dalia says she did not know that she might be separated from her son once she was taken into custody in the united states. but she says i have nothing in honduras. the families are loaded up and taken away unsure of what happens next. let's now bring in navid, an immigration attorney, joining us from los angeles. good to have you with us. i'd like to get started by clearing up confusion. this false narrative that these are people who cross the border illegally because that is not entirely the case. >> it is not the case. you're right. and this is a very important point. most of the stories we hear paint these immigrants with a broad brush claiming that they are all illegal.
i'll tell you a good number of them are law-abiding immigrants. our nation's laws provide a mechanism for immigrants seeking safety to come to the united states and request as i sigh lum and safety here. they are doing it just as the law requires. >> and secondly, this false claim that law in-strukstructs immigration officers to separate children from their families because what is happening here is result of a policy change by the trump administration. >> that is right. our immigration laws do not call for separating families. in fact this policy is contrary to international refugee laws, to our own asylum laws and to our country's morality. >> ed lavendera has been showing us the stories of families separated, one image he shared of a family in his piece specifically an 11-year-old honeduran boy, authorities will
try to reconnect him with his mother, but how difficult is that for authorities given the policy that we're seeing right now? >> well, the government has been failing at keeping track of these children, caring for these children and reuniting them with their families. there are about 2,000 children that have been separated from their families, 2,000. and there are hundreds that the government has already lost track with. there are reported documented -- documented reports of an buse i these facilities, verbal, sexual, physical abuse. some have been released to not custodians or relatives but to traffickers of laborers. it is really a tragedy. it is really a twranragedy. our nation is a nation of immigrants. we welcome the stranger and show them our humanity, we don't tear them apart from their parents.
>> you know, i want to ask you about that as well because as an attorney, you deal with cases in this arena, but you faced a personal sxerntsz experience as. you fled to the united states for safety from iran and you also were separated from your father. >> i was. i was lucky enough to still have my mom and my sister with me, but due to circumstances, i was separated from my father. and that separation was dreadful. my heart really goes on out to these children. and these are children who have been already traumatized and are trying to flee the trauma. and they come to the united states and instead are punished for things they haven't done. i can empathize with these children and i really think the american people can also empathize with these children. if they look back in their own family histories just one or two
generations back. >> and also reiterating the fact here that not all of these families are crossing illega some are just presenting to the united states and finding themselves in this situation. clearly there are some people who like what they are seeing with this policy change and others who are disgusted by it. of course we'll continue to follow the story. thank you so much for your time. immigration is just one of the flash points for the trump who white house this week. here is another. paul manafort is now behind bars, a federal judge revoked his bail after special counsel robert mueller accused him of witness tampering. manafort has pleaded not guilty. that brought this response from president trump. >> man for the hafort has nothi with our campaign, but i feel badly. they went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. paul manafort worked for me for a very short period of time.
>> president trump's attorney rudy giuliani raised eyebrows when he said a few presidential pardons would clean up the russian probe. later he walked that back a bit telling chris cuomo this. >> he is not going to pardon anybody in this investigation, but he is not obviously going to give up his right to pardon if a miscarriage of justice is presented to him. >> doesn't that mean that he mits? >> of course he could about that. >> and he might. he won't say i won't because it would look to bad because it is too close to -- >> how about he is not saying -- he absolutely definitely will not because he might as well give up being president if he says that. >> you say i'm recusing myself. >> he is not recuse positiing h from being president. >> and michael cohen, the man you see there, is indicating to family and friends that he may be ready to cooperate with the
investigators. president trump again held court of his own on friday morning with a wild rhetorical free for all with reporters on the white house lawn. he talked about everything from the russian probe to the report on the fbi's handling of the clinton e-mail investigation and he raised eyebrows with what he said about long time foes north korea and russia. jeff zeleny has this report for us. >> reporter: president trump is closing his week just as he began it, showering kim jung-un with praise. >> he is the head of the congress, and he is the strong head. don't let anyone think anything different. he speaks and his people sit up at attention. >> reporter: when asked whether he really wished americans would fall into live like north koreans are forced to, the president insisted he wasn't serious. >> i'm kidding. you don't understand sarcasm. >> reporter: but there is no mistaking the president's e's admiration for strong men and dictators. he spent much of the week
flattering kim jung-un almost never mentioning his human rights record. and the president said the end game was worth it. >> excuse me, because i don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family. i want to have a good relationship with north korea. >> reporter: he also extended his admiration to vladimir putin. the white house is in the early stages of setting up a face-to-face summit with the russian president with all the trappings of a singapore session this week with kim. >> i think it is better to have russia in than out. because just like north korea, somebody else, it is much better if we get along than if we don't. >> reporter: while he first met putin last summer, a one-on-one meeting now would take on even more significance with the russian investigation still hanging over his white house. the president misstated again and again russia's annexation of crimea, blaming it on president obama, not putin. >> because putin didn't respect
president obama. president obama not trump, when it is my fault, i'll tell you. >> reporter: one of the most prominent members of his cabinet james mattis offered a different opinion of putin. >> putin seeks to shatter nato, he aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine america's moral authority. >> reporter: those are strong words, but important to note coming from the defense secretary, not president trump. we are told that president trump and president putin could meet as early as next month around the nato summit in brussels or potentially in the fall. there is no question any meeting certainly taking on heightened interest as the russian investigation still hangs over this white house. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. and now a lot to talk about. let's bring in leslie vinjamuri, she is at chatham house the royal institute of international affairs and senior lecturer in
international relations. it is a topic salad, a lot to talk about today. i want to start with president trump's comments about north korea and people falling in line as they do for kim jung-un. he later said that he was kidding, but given his comments and other comments praising even supporting the actions of vladimir putin in recent years, what do you take from this about the president's views on authoritarian releaders? >> i think we have to take this even more seriously than the standard comment that president trump has an affinity for strong men. remember that it is very well documented by the united nations, by the international bar association and widely recognized that north korea has one of the worfof the worst hum records ever and certainly in the current period. it is truly atrocious the way north korea treats its people. and so for the united states president to joke, i think it is very concerning.
president trump has a tendency to use words without thinking always very clearly about their implications. but in this instance, it is truly inexcusable. >> and now with regards to the russia investigation, there are several things to talk about here. look, his former campaign chair paul manafort in jail. rudy giuliani suggesting that pardons may be an option, but then walking that back a bit. and president trump's former attorney michael cohen possibly ready to flip on him. which do you think is the hottest that could cause problems for this white house? >> well, i think this cohen looking like he might cooperate is probably the most significant fact here. i think what is interesting in both of these cases of course is that trump is doing what he tends to do, which is try to distance himself and minimize the relationships that he's had previously with each of these individuals. now, in the case of cohen, that seems to be back firing to the extent that cohen is indicating that it looks like he will
cooperate and that could of course have very significant implications for the investigations. where it will lead, we don't know, but both of these developments shed light on his willingness to -- i think he's saying that 44 days manafort worked for him when it was more like 144. so similar tactics. >> president trump is also talking about the results of the ig report saying it exexxxonera him in the russia investigation, though it didn't. that investigation is not concluded. also saying jim comey's actions were criminal. >> yeah, and of course the report says neither ever those things. i think a key concern here though is that president trump has said that, he has given interviews saying that, and of course what we're seeing is that the american public is listening to the news that reinforces some of those pre-existing views. so i think one thing that is likely to come of this is that it will undermine the
independent validity and impact that that report has unfortunately because it won't be given that airing that it really needs to have. but neither of those things are actually what the report says. >> leslie vinjamuri live for us in our london bureau, thank you so much for the perspective today. the two largest economies in the world, the united states and china, well, they could soon be at each other's throats in an all-out trade war. we'll explain that story ahead. plus, day two of the world cup did not disappoint. we'll take you to russia. ahh... summer is coming. and it's time to get outside.
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china seem as confused as anyone else, but the issue appears to be crystal clear in the mind of the u.s. president. >> we're putting tariffs on $50 billion worth of technology and other things because we have to. because we've been treated very unfairly. but china has been terrific. president xi has been terrific. president moon. everybody. we're and he will working toget. >> reporter: china is consistent in its stance that if the u.s. side adopts any unilateral protectionist measures and damages china's interests, we will immediately reaction and take necessary measures. >> so here is an overview of exactly what is at stake. the u.s. imports $505 billion worth of goods from china each year. china imports far less. $130 billion from the united states. there are various other ways that beijing can strike back. first, it can impose even more tariffs. it could also restrict travel to
the united states. chinese visitors spend billions each year in travel. it could also go after american companies inside china and make it more difficult for them to do business. the government might the discourage its citizens from buying american products and finally, china could simply cut back on buying u.s. debt. it is currently the biggest foreign holder of u.s. debt owing $1.17 trillion of treasury bonds. let's talk more about this with vicky price, an economist at the center for economic and business research also the author of greek-onimics. good to have you with us. the terminology is very important here. china is calling this a trade war plain and simple. president trump and his team, they are trying to sidestep that word. what is your take? >> it is very worrying actually because we've seen already in the g7 meeting that there is a serious concern from all the
leaders of the biggest countries around the world that these types of actions particularly imposing tariffs for national security reasons or intellectual reasons or any other reasons that president trump might think is actually tantamount to beginning a trade war. it may not make that much difference on the ground, but it is the signals that they send which is basically that the period of friendly multilateral type of trade agreements that we used to have, reducing tariffs generally and increasingly reducing nontariff barriers to trade has perhaps come to an end. >> back on the campaign trail, the president had heated rhetoric about chooif whina whe came to trade, and this is why many elected him. does he have a point when he talks about the trade imbalance and the ongoing theft of
american intellectual property, how serious is this problem in your estimation and are the president's actions making a difference in how china sees the matter? >> the truth is the chinese have been dumping some of their products and there have been tariffs imposed on them by the eu and others and u.s. on specialist product, steel products for example that were thought to perhaps have been sold in places like the u.s. and eu at less than the cost of producing them. there is no doubt that there is a certain amount going on and there are procedures to deal with it. to just unilaterally say that because of national security reasons we are going to have tariffs on everyone who sells steel and aluminum to the u.s., that doesn't make an awful lot of sense. and as you know, the europeans have taken the complaint to the world trade organization for that. in addition of course there is no doubt that there are some nontariff bearriers in terms of doing business in china. you have to have joint ventures. some of that was being relaxed
and indeed there are a number of products where the chinese have quite a lot of tariffs themselves. so there is a point in ensuring that there is a reduction generally in any of the barriers that exist, but what is going on right now is basically a belief that china is there to undermine what the u.s. does and its position in the world and they are doing it through means that president trump thinks are perhaps dishonest, illegal and all that sort of stuff which he's been saying, and he will be imposing tariffs to ensure that that trade imbalance that exists gets rectified. it is not going to be rectified because of course china produce things which are quite cheap. businesses like doing things the way they are doing them at present. and of course costs are being kept down. and the consumer in the end is going to be the one who suffers. >> vicky price, we appreciate your time and perspective and we'll see how it all plays out in the coming weeks. this man, he was once a top
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newsroom." i'm george howell. between mid april and end of may, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border of mexico. it is the result of the trump administration implementing a zero tolerance policy, a policy to prosecute every adult crossing into the united states illegally and even asylum seekers. firefighters in scotland are working to contain a major fire at the glchlt la sch acglasgow . no injuries are reported. paul manafort is now in jail, a federal judge revoked his bail on friday after special counsel robert mueller accused him of witness tampering. manafort has pleaded not guilty. president trump calls his jailing, quote, very unfair. let's dive into this just a bit more. we saw manafort on friday morning as we often have getting
out of his private suv and walking into a federal courthouse. you see him there. this time he left in a government van headed to a jail in virginia. that van right there. the turn of events left his attorneys shellshocked. sara murray has details for us. >> reporter: paul manafort will spend at least the next three months in a jail cell where he will a wait his trial to foreign lobbying and obstruction charges. judge jackson saying i have no appetite for this and revoking manafort's bail after he spent more than 7 months under house arrest. special counsel robert mueller's team argued that manafort is a danger to the community and carried out a sustained campaign over five weeks using different phones and apps to try to mold witness testimony, including using a system called foldering where multiple people have access to an account and write messages to one another as draft e-mails that are never sent. as manafort pleaded not guilty
to witness tampering, his lawyers argued he was unaware who the government witnesses were. this will not happen again, one of manafort's defense attorneys said. the judge was unmoved saying this is not middle school, i can't take his cellphone. manafort faces charges in both d.c. and virginia related to foreign lobbying and financial crimes. so far prosecutors haven't tied his alleged wrongdoing to work on the trump campaign. the core of mueller's investigation. but in court filings, prosecutors have said they are probing manafort's contacts with russians and ukranians and potential coordination with them while he oversaw trump's presidential bid. president trump down played manafort's contributions in 2016. >> i think a lot of it is very unfair. but i feel a little badly about it. they went back 12 years to get things. paul manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. >> reporter: later tweeting wow, what a tough sentence for paul manafort. didn't know manafort was the head of the mob.
what about comey and crooked hilly and all of the others? very unfair. to be fair, manafort was not sentenced. he hasn't even had a trial yet. >> there was no collusion, no ob strufrks. >> reporte obstruction. >> reporter: the judge practice it clear this is not about the office of the special counsel. manafort's wallet, belt and burgundy tie was handed to his wife. now i'm told paul manafort's allies were shellshocked by the judge's decision to send him a jail. and it is worth noting again manafort has not been convicted. he has not been sentenced. he has insisted that he is innocent this entire time. but if he is convicted and found guilty without a presidential pardon, he would intend tspend of his life in jail. sara murray, cnn, washington. president trump made comments of adoration and praise
of the north korean people that they give their leader. he later walked that back, said that he was just kidding around. but to anyone who knows the inner workings of north korea and propaganda, it is no joke. brian todd shows us what is involved with it. >> reporter: president trump these days is full of admiration for kim jung-un, for his strength as a leader ans deference he is shown by his people. >> he speaks and his people sit up at attention. i want my people do the same. >> reporter: he later said that he was joking. >> i'm kidding. you don't understand sarcasm. >> reporter: but north koreans aren't laughing unless they are told to. >> just like the grandfather and the father, kim jung-un perhaps even more so has ruled through fear -- politics of fear. >> reporter: that is especially evident in this propaganda video kim jung-un's regime just produced to highlight the summit with president trump in singapore, showing the kinds of displays of affection for kim
that president trump says he appreciates. the video has the classic signatures of a north korean production, adoring crowds seeing kim off at the pyongyang airport, dramatic music and upon his triumphant return, women in colorful reasons, top officials, even normally stoic generals practically weeping at the sight of him. but analysts say what you are witnessing isn't spontaneous promotion, it is carefully choreographed. >> they are sitting around for hours with these flags and when the moment comes, everyone knows exactly what do, to wave their flags or their flowers. >> reporter: in one of the first propaganda films released after he took over from his father, kim jung-un is seen departing on a boat, the crowd weep hysterically and then do one better, racing weight oig deep in waist deep into the water to see him off. >> if one doesn't clap for kim jung-un, that person is sure to be in trouble. >> reporter: why was your
applause so weak? in a 2016 documentary called under the sun, a russian filmmaker captured behind the scenes footage of a north korean propaganda film being made, they often didn't know that the cameras were rolling. at factories, dance classes and he would where, minders are shown subjects to be more zealous. >> do it with more joy. you can do it more joyfully. >> reporter: but experts say we shouldn't assume all this emotion is completely fake. many north koreans they say genuinely believe that their leader has god-like greatness because they have been indoctrinated in it. >> the very first things that they are taught in school is to revere the kim family and they are taught about the sacrifices of the kim family to the state, not just the individual kim, but the entire family going back generations. >> reporter: a system that
thanks to america's existing democratic system no president of the united states could ever recreate. while the crime of not showing quite enough joy at a rally can be punishable with reeducation or jail time for the average north korean citizen, for top officials that kind of thing can be deadly. a top education official in north korea was once executed by a firing squad for showing a, quote, bad attitude at a gathering of the supreme people's assembly. brian todd, cnn, washington. still ahead, an iberian thriller at the world cup. highlights from spain and portugal's epic showdown. plus, a stellar tribute for a late visionary. the scientist stephen hawking. how the rest of the cosmos will hear his voice.
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friday rivals spain and portugal and cristiano ronaldo gave a dramatic late game performance. here is don riddell. >> reporter: world cup needs xwratd ga great games and big story lines. and within two days, we are already spoiled for choice. friday's match was an instant classic. after only three minutes, portugal took the lead. cristiano ronaldo dusted himself down to slam it into the back of the net. but the lead didn't last long. costa outmastered the net minder. and so what if they fired their manager on wednesday? there was no time to dwell on that. portugal regained the lead, this time thanks to an error. ronaldo plays for real madrid, cost
costa is the front man and his second of the game tied it up. but this was just the buildup to two phenomenal goals. with this belter, spain was on the verge of victory until ronaldo lined it up for a free kick and that was sensational. ronaldo hat trick, one of the best world cup games we've seen in years. elsewhere in the group, a huge win for iran and it came at the expense of morocco whose week is going from bad to worse. they lost the bid to host in 20267 and wi2 2026. and it was goalless until the very last minute, but somehow and devastatingly this header into his own goal. can you imagine how it must have felt to do that? but for iran, it was incredible. their first world cup win since 1998. and some people fancy uruguay to
do a bit of damage in russia. they have one of the best front lines in the opponent. friday their opponents were egypt who have never won a world cup game. uruguay upped the ante with this free kick in the last minute, it was a dramatic winner and the emotion was palpable, but bit r bitterly disappointing for egypt. all the drama continues with four games on saturday. look out for messi's argentina against the new boys of iceland. that should be great. back to you. russia is viewed as a long shot at the world cup, but just hosting the event is a victory for president putin. matthew chance is live in moscow following all the fun and excitement there. and matthew, this event certainly symbolizes a great deal for president putin and for his government. >> reporter: yeah, it does. i mean this is a major
celebration for russia of its international standing in the opening ceremony, putin the russian president spoke of unity amongst nations united by football. but of course russia's actions leading up to this tournament particularly since 2014 have been sowing disunity more than anything else. when we think about the annexation of ukraine, separatists in that country as well, since then its backing of bashar al assad, the syrian leader in that country, perpetuating the conflict there. until recently, you know, being accused of carrying out chemical weapons attack in britain by the british authority which it denies. all of these actions have sewed o oig disunity, they have created a difficult political backdrop to this tournament, which is why so many world leaders, many
stream world leaders from europe, from other countries, chose not to attend the opening ceremony. instead, it was attended by the likes of the leaders of a delegation from north korea, from iran, from rwanda, saudi arabia crown prince was here as well. but for the most part at least during these opening phases of the world cup russia has been shunned rather by much of the international community. >> it is always very interesting and telling how politics also gets interwoven into sport. but the greatest question here, what does this mean for the fan? certainly russia considered a long shot, but had an impressive performance. what does it mean for fans, how do they feel about this event? >> reporter: in terms of the russian fans, they started on
off this tournament with extremely low expectations about their team. i mean, you know, i think the states show or the pundits said that the russian team was basically the worth in the attornworst in the tournament more or less. so it was a pleasant surprise to say the leastin the worst in the tournament more or less. so it was a pleasant surprise to say the least that the russians beat saudi arabia in the opening game 5-nil. we saw this enormous drought pouring of joy on the streets of the russian capital. russian fans coming outdroughtp streets of the russian capital. russian fans coming out to celebrate their team's victory about along wi and along with the other fans of the other countries as well. i think partly because there is this celebration of the globally popular sport. and i think that is important for russia which has a lot of social problems, it has a lot of political problems. and this is a -- if only a temporary respite from it, it is a break from it. and i think many russians, many people who have come to russia
are enjoying that and contributing to the festive atmosphere. >> matthew chance live for us in moscow, thank you so much. after that intense showdown by portugal and spain, we're gearing up for super saturday. day three of the world cup kicks off with france taking on australian. lionel messi and argentina then take on iceland. and peru and denmark faces off. and it wraps up with croatia taking on nigeria. iran's football squad surely being cheered on with style. take a look. ♪ incredible music there with the tehran symphony orchestra performing before the match. they played iranian and russian pieces in honor of the host nation. about 80 musicians made the trip
to st. petersburg including female members who are not allowed to attend football matches back home in iran. now, as star players do their thing on the pitch, you may have started some rather interesting tattoos at the world cup. football lovers from russia and abroad are showing their support by getting original designs like a map of the host country filled with brazilian and colombian flags or intricate portraits of star cristiano ronaldo. tattoos have been part of the world tournament for decades. t welcoming the business with open and colorful arms. still ahead here, a fitting tribute for stephen hawking. how he will spend eternity near other major scientists. you won't see these folks at the post office
they have passions to pursue how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters ship packages all the amazing services of the post office right on your computer get a 4 week trial plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again let's talk about outer space, a dust storm that is larger than the continent of north america rapidly growing across mars and it is threatening nasa's opportunity rover. derek van dam here to tell us about it. >> the dust storm is so intense
it has actually plunged the rover into complete darkness. and it is unfortunate because rover defends on solar energy to run. so get to the footage, you will see the picture of the rover right in front of you, this darkness has prevented the solar power opportunity, that is its name, from charging its battery sufficiently. so the rover has fallen silent as a result. so nasa not being able to communicate directly with this. opportunity has apparently put itself into a loi pw power faul mode in an effort to conserve what energy it has left. this dust storm circles the entire plan either of met of ma only happened about a dozen times on the martian planet in modern recorded history. so you can looking at the actual dis storm that dust storm that is enveloping the entire planet. this is what a typical day would look like in mars.
good visibility, you can see the individual craters on the planet. this is what it looks like now. this is a global dust storm encircling the entire planet. we are talking about 18 million square kilometers or roughly 7 million square miles. this is larger than the entire size of north america. so we take kind of a time line of what has happened to the sun over the past, well, let's say 15 days or so. early june, the sun was visible from the opportunity rover, but as the dust storm got stronger, it started to blot out the sun before it plunged thein darknes. so it has gone into complete darkness. nasa having very difficult time communicating with it. power levels have dropped. 645 watt hours was its lent w n equivalent on june 1, b2, but nt
has dropped to 22 watt hours. nasa believes that they believe they will see the dust storm start to settle and they will hopefully be able to communicate directly back to the opportunity rover, but they have to wait and see it out. interesting fact, this particular rover and another rover that is on the planet of mars at the moment was only on scheduled to work for roughly 90 on days. it was a 90 day mission that was set back in 2004. guess what? it has gotten its money worth, nasa has gotten its money worth, because this particular rover has been exploring the red planet for well over a decade. so the fact that it squeezed out that much time and that much information from the rover, if it goes dark now, it would be a shame, but i'd say they got their money's worth. kind of interesting. >> really. >> let's hope that the opportunity rover communicates with earth once again. >> let's hope it gets that opportunity. thank you so much. still on the topic of space, the man who changed the way we understand the stars has been
immortalized on earth and in the cosmos. at a service at westminster abbey, the ashes of stephen hawking were interred between the graves of charles darwin and isaac newton. unique aspect of hawking will remain beyond the reach of mankind, a recording of his voice has been set to music and beamed thousands of light years into space, specifically to a black hole which is one of the mysteries which hawking devoted much of his life to. his daughter said, quote, it is a message of peace and hope without unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet. that is a good message to end this show. thank you so much for this hour of "cnn newsroom." good to have you with us. let's reset for more news from around the world at the top of the hour. i landed.
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