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charlottesville, virginia. also ahead this hour, nasa launches humanity's first ever mission to a star. and it's our very own star, the sun. >> it was so cool. >> so cool. >> live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen and cnn "newsroom" starts right now. at 5:01 on the u.s. east coast a day after a man steals and crashes a plane from seattle's main international airport we're learning new details about who he was and the access had he to that plane. >> covering the story 24 hours ago that was the big question, who did this. this is the man, richard russell, his family called him bibo. airport officials say he worked for about three years on the ground crew. he was certified to move aircraft and he had clearance to be in secure areas. his family offered this statement through a spokesman.
>> we are stunned and heartbroken. it may seem difficult for those watching at home to believe, but bibo was a warm, compassionate man. it is impossible to encompass who he was in a press release. he was a faithful husband, loving son gaand good friend. >> this is what many people saw. he executed several dangerous stunts as he was pursued by two military jets. running low on fuel he crashed on a small island about an hour after taking off. now, investigators say it could take months before they figure out exactly how these events unfolded. what we do know about russell is that he was apparently in uniform and had worked the shift friday before stealing the plane. people who worked with him were shocked by what he did. we got more now from cnn's dan simon. >> a law enforcement source
tells cnn that the 29-year-old horizon airline employee has been identified as richard russell. we can tell you russ sell someone who kept an active online presence. he recorded youtube videos talking about his job. he also had an online blog where he mentioned a few years ago he and his wife operated a bakery somewhere in oregon. now he did work in ground support at the seattle airport, so what does that mean? we know that he load and unloaded luggage. he could also tidy up aircraft and it also involved riding a tractor or driving a tractor where he would put an airplane in the right place for takeoff. that is apparently what he did yesterday before getting in the cockpit, firing up the engines, and then having a successful taxi and takeoff. that's very difficult do under normal circumstances because of the protocols in place. i want you to listen now to the ceo of horizon airlines who spoke out earlier today. >> normally you would request clearance for push back from either your own tower or ground
control. you'd then speak with ground control all the way out to the runway. they would turn you over to the tower who would then clear you for takeoff. and i believe, in fact i know that he did communicate on the ground frequency. and all of the communications for the entire flight were conducted on that frequency. you're right, there were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft. to our knowledge, he didn't have a pilot's license. so to be honest with you, i mean, commercial aircraft are complex machines, they're not as easy to fly as, say, a cessna 150. so i don't know how he achieved the experience that had he did. >> now i spoke to a former coworker who worked with russell. he is shocked that he did this. he said he had a very good sense of humor but he wasn't shocked
that he gained the knowledge in terms of how to operate the aircraft. he said because of being on the tow team you learn certain things that other employees might not know how to do. >> when you heard the conversations you was having with air traffic control, what went through your mind? >> i recognized the voice first and it was before i could put a face to it. and then, you know, i smaw some people posting rest informant peace, richard russell. and then i figured out that it was him and i listened to his voice more carefully during the audio after that and it was heartbreaking. you could tell he was in pain, kind of seemed a little delusional and i was just shocked to see that someone who was so nice, so helpful and caring, actually, he cared about his job, to do such a thing. and, you know, end his life. so it was a little sad. >> now as far as what is happening now, i can tell you
that over at the island where the crash occurred there are dozens of investigators there. they're trying to retrieve those black boxes. the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder. but what evidence those boxes might yield we don't know. we already of course have a ton of evidence because of the conversation between russell and air traffic control. >> david is a cnn safety analyst and former spect for for the suft air force. thanks for being with us. we had a little over a day to digest this unfortunate feat. they backed up a plane, pointed it toward the runway, started it, took off. it seems somewhat surreal, doesn't? but it was very real. do you have anymore insight now in to how he pulled this off? >> you know, natalie, there's a lot of processes that were overlooked and did not happen that should have happened. i've looked at the seed to seattle processes and procedures
for security and there's no possible way that he should have been out there by himself towing that aircraft for a number of reasons. one is because they need to have somebody in the aircraft with their feet on the brake ready to stop the aircraft in case anything happens. but that's just one level and there's two or three other levels of people that should have noticed that he was out there by himself. >> so was this not a gap in just typical airport security? was this more specific to this airline? >> it is. the airline's responsible for that tarmac for a that area where the aircraft is. the fact that all their employees are trained, everybody knows you don't go out there on the tarmac by yourself, this should not have happened. even if you look at baggage handlers, everybody time there's somebody driving a baggage cart there's two people with them. they never should be by them self like this. 0 there's some things that need to be looked at in that air airport and the airline. >> you don't see this as a systemic issue for the industry? >> i really don't. i think that the system, the safety system that's in place as
proven by the fact this doesn't happen very often, but i think the safety system's in place. but the fact is, there were people at three different levels that didn't do the right thing. so we first look at performance of the safety mechanisms and if the performance isn't done properly then you go back and look at the individual. but i don't see a systemic problem here. but if it isn't an individual, if it was something that could easily have been overlooked, at that point the system needs to be looked at as well. >> that's very interesting. investigation bears out there. i want to get your insights into the work of the air traffic control to try to get in young man to land that airplane. let's listen to a bit of that conversation. >> i got a lot of people that care about me. and it's going to disappoint them to hear that i did this. i would like to apologize to each and every one of them.
just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, i guess. never really knew it till now. >> hey, you think about landing this successfully they'll give you a job as pilot? >> i think they would give you a job doing anything if you could pull this off. >> yeah, right. hey, pilot guy, can this thing to do a back flippy thing? think i might dry a barrel roll and if that goes good i'm just going to nose down and call it a night. >> let's try to land that airplane safely and not hurt anybody on the ground. >> all right. damn it, i don't know, man, i don't know. i don't want to. i was kinda hoping that was going to be it, you know. >> it's chilling to listen to, but the controller states, what they're training to do, is a rogue pilot part of training? what's your assessment of how they handled the situation?
>> it was amazing how they kept their cool during the whole time. they didn't get emotional about it. they didn't even raise their voice. you can tell. >> they were very measured. >> that the training they've had over the years with dealing with this has paid off in this case. >> right. fighter jets were mobilized, david. they were flanking him. but he flew for one hour. one analyst said at cnn had he wanted to crash the plane into downtown seattle, the jets weren't going to be able to stop him. why is not? what is their role? >> well, their role -- there's some protocol there. so the air -- the national air command is what it's called, the national air command will scramble the jets and they got out there amazingly quickly. they were there. but as far as stopping them, there's two things that happen. the first protocol is to guide. they're guiding the aircraft making sure it doesn't going into a populated area. the second thing is if he's heading towards a populated area, then the next step is to move in front of the aircraft and deploy flares.
and those flares would divert the aircraft. they're trying to avoid flares that are deployed from that jet is step two. and then step three, if if is heading that way, that aircraft can be destroyed in the middle of the air and whoever said that it couldn't be is incorrect. any aircraft can be stopped with those two fighter jets that are up there. they're well equipped and luckily they didn't have to go to those extreme measures. >> absolutely. that's good to know. we thank you for your information, david. cnn safety analyst. thank you, david. >> thank you, natalie. now to the other story that we are following this day in the hours to come, we are expecting to see rallies of racists in washington, d.c. this one year after the racist protests that took place in charlottesville, virginia, and it seems that these nazis are preparing to spout their hate once again. in just a few hours, far right groups and white supremacists, nazis, are plan fog gather again, this time in
the nation's capital. they will meet right in front of the white house. they're calling it a white civil rights rally. they will not be alone. at least 40 counterprotest groups, 40, plan to show up too. >> this comes after saturday's demonstrations in charlottesville, virginia. again, no signs of white nationalists there, as hundreds of students and activists instead marched peacefully against racism. >> though the protests in charlottesville were peaceful, the crowds were full of emotion. >> kayleigh har tongue was there on saturday. >> reporter: for about three hours on saturday night we saw students from the university of virginia and members of the charlottesville community marching through the streets. it was an eruption of the anger and outrage that so many of them feel because of the failure they perceive by the institutions that they believe should have
supported them a year ago, namely the university of virginia and law enforcement. now this weekend there's a heavy law enforcement presence. you can see an example of that behind me. some of these people protesting telling me they don't feel any safer this weekend than they did a year ago. they feel this increased presence, this preparation is essentially an overreaction, a remembering nix recognition of the failures last year. the law enforcement's lack of ability to control the violence and protect them. some going so far as to say they believe law enforcement protected the white supremacists that marched into this town. as i said, this march through the middle of the streets of charlottesville, but it began on the university of virginia campus in front of the rotunda, the most iconic building on campus. but these students say they were given strict security measures that they were supposed to abide by. they did not want to abide by them by an institution that has failed them.
we're unsure where this leads next as the march conclude as they tried to get near emancipation mark, the park where generally's statue still sits. they said we'll be back tomorrow. >> thank you for the reporting. now let's bring in scott lucas. scott a professor of international politics at the ufrpt of birmingham live from birmingham england. thank you for your time as always. talking about the issue of race in america. it can be messy, can be ugly, but the diversity of people, it's a key part of the formula that unites and divides. and we now know according to republican representative tom jarrett who say member of the homeland security and foreign affairs community that russia used race to so division in charlottesville last year. listen to this exchange. >> let me give you some breaking news here that went back to charlottesville. i sat in a closed briefing session two months ago about charlottesville with the director of the fbi and asked if
russian intermeddling had to do with fomenting the flames of what happened in charlottesville. i was told yes, it did. i asked, is this information classified? they said, no, it's not. i've waited until today. but this is what happens. the russian intermeddling is seeking to pit americans against americans. >> scott, this is a major headline to say the least with significant implications. >> it is. but, to be honest with area are you george, if you watch russian state outlet's and their allies carefully, it's not knew. you can go back to the presidential campaign in 60 and you'd have russian accounts that were posing as trump supporters on the one hand to try to stir up animosity. and on the other you are russian accounts that were posing as black lives matter movements or even antifa to try to stir up division. and any time you have a charlottesville, which it did occur last year, russian state media are on top of this. this is a sign that america's falling apart. this is a sign that race say dividing line and that america is weakening and that it can't
life up to i-- live up to its v. it goes beyond its alleged support of donald trump during 2016 and afterwards. >> president trump has weighed in on twitter. he says that he condemns all types of racism and acts of violence. you see that tweet that was posted most recently. but you'll remember during a news conference last year days after the violence in charlottesville he add the phrase on many sides, suggesting a false equivalent between protesters and nazis. did this go far enough or did it leave room for this many sides silliness? >> let's do a checklist here, goshlg. i'm not a racist but lebron james. i'm not a racist but don lemon. i'm not a racist by immigrants are animals, immigrants are ver mont
-- vermin. i'm not a racist but china nears threatening the u.s. i'm not a racist but the london mayor who is muslim is supporting terrorism. in other words, donald trump can't just simply say i'm not a racist and sweep away what has happened the past couple of years anymore than some who insults me or insults someone of another religion or another race can come up to you and say hey, buddy, i'm still your friend. >> okay. so, you know, here in the united states on this day in the coming hours we're expecting to see nazis march in this nation's capital, nazis, the losers of the world war ii who were proudly defeated by u.s. veterans and allies around the world. this is not an issue of right or left here whereas a journalist you don't take a side. it's the difference between right and wrong and somehow the lines seem blurred now for some people. >> yeah. you know, george, one of my favorite films is the blues brothers. you might remember it back from around 1980s. and there's a whole scene where
the characters, john belushi and dan acc roid drive into across a white supremacist rally and all of them scatter and jump into the water. we all cheered back then. now we've got white supremacist rallies on the streets and we've got no leadership from the white house. indeed one might say that the leader in the white house might have a secret affinity for those rallies and indeed some of his advisers do so as well. you know, i hate to say it, but i'd be much rather relying on john belushi and dan accroid than donald trump. >> it is important to point out if we could pull the tweet up the u.s. president did chime in on this on twitter. he did say that he condemns all types of racism and acts of violence. scott, the question many people will have given what he said last year, did it go far enough? scott lucas, thank you so much for your time and perspective today. >> thank you. we'll wait and see what happens at these rallies. 40 groups coming out to counter
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working. >> yeah, there's some progress made. a containment for the holy fire, it jumped to 36% in the last day since starting monday. the fire has consumed nearly 9,000 hectares and it's forced 21,000 people from their homes. some of those evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters continue to make progress. >> ivan cabrera is here now. we said hectares because we're international and sometimes domestic show but what are the acres? >> we'll show you the acres but absolutely, man, so much has been consumed but the fact that we've gone up, we've tripled the containment, we still continue to burn land has a result of this holy fire. natalie, you're right. essentially the california fire season now as we talk to firefighters and officials there last pretty much all year. of course it peaks around this time when we start getting these dry spells here until the winter and then the jet changes and we start getting the rainstorms. all right spot here we are in acres, 22,158 to be exact and
that is now 36% contained. this jumped last few hours 29 and then yesterday we were at 10, so we're doing much better here. and the weather has been improving a little bit in form of the humidity. the relative humidity has been picking up. that always goes up at night but during the day it hasn't been as low as it has been in the past few days. locally gusty winds will still be a problem especially through the afternoon and temperatures are going to continue to be quite hot. there you see we're at night now so we'll see those rh values go between 85 and 90 at times. but notice even through the afternoon between 35 and fist%, that -- 50% because the area of high pressure will continue to build in and that will bring us winds and drier conditions once again. we'll watch that closely there. it's good to see the containment despite the fact we'll be in the mid-90s. later this afternoon we'll do that again through monday and into tuesday with temperatures into the 90s as the winds will continue to be gusting through
the afternoon. let's talk about winds. severe winds in vegas. look at these thunderstorms that rolled through, monsoonal moisture here coupled with an upper level disturbance and everything came together in the afternoon and evening for quite a show in downtown vegas, not the one folks usually travel there to see. 71 miles per hour winds, 66 at the airport. i'll show you right here, this was the preevent, if you will. not ran not raining yet. this is the big dust storm that comes in from the thunderstorms. and once the dust storm was done, it started powering with frequent lightning and that continued for several hours. want to be leave you with this. if you're a fan of the sky we've been showing you of course the parker solar probe, that's gone now on the way to the sun. and this will be the big show for tonight. you're watching us from europe or north america, it will be peaking tonight, sunday night into the early hours of monday, about 60 to 70 meteors an hour
or shooting stars. that's a lot of wishes, natalie and zblorth we'll george. >> we'll have to go outside. protesters are highlighting the racial and political divides into the united states and many across the country are asking is the president, mr. trump, helping with his tweets or making everything worse? we'll take a look at that ahead. plus. >> are you sorry for shooting a gun towards a black man? >> no, there's a protective people on the steps, that's all i was doing. >> a year after firing a gun at a black protester in charlottesville, a kkk leader speaks with cnn. so why would a black musician help pay his bail and stand up for him in court? we'll get into that just ahead here. two in one? i did mom. wanna try it? yes. it intensely moisturizes your hair and scalp and keeps you flake free. manolo? look at my soft hair. i should be in the shot now too. try head and shoulders two in one.
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coast coast across the united states and to our viewers around the world this hour, you're watching cnn "newsroom" live from atlanta, i'm george howell. >> thanks for joining us, i'm natalie allen. here are our top stories. the man who stole that empty commuter plane late friday from the seattle airport in washington has been identified as richard russell. that's him right there. his family says they are stunned and heartbroken. russell executed several aerial stunts as military jets flew nearby. he ran low on fuel and fatally crashed an hour later on a small island. jordan has arrested five people after an explosion at a music festival killed a security officer on friday. the kingdom launched a raid on a terrorist cell it suspects was behind the attack. the suspects refused to surrender and opened fire at
security forces. three police officers were killed during the raid. just a couple hours ago nasa did this right here. it launched its first unmanned spacecraft to the sun. it's called the parker solar probe. and it will get closer to earth's own star than any human-made object until now. the probe's first close approach is set for november and it will back to earth in december.ta - antiracism protests in charlottesville, virginia. they stayed peaceful on saturday one year after a far right rally that turned deadly there. there are no signs of white supremacists in attendance there, but those groups are expected to march later this day in the nation's capital right outside of the white house. what happens this day in the nation's capital really anyone's guess. and to talk more about this we have now mo ivory. mo, an attorney and radio personality here in atlanta joining on set.
it's a pleasure to have you here on the show. >> thank you. >> the u.s. president has comment thopd commented on this on twitter. he said the riots a year ago resulted in the senseless death and division. we must come together as a nation. i condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. peace to all americans. mo, this coming in the form of a tweet. you remember how difficult a moment this was for the entire country just a year ago. was this tweet enough? >> no. i mean, this tweet, first of all, is a year too late. and it just does not -- if we had a president that had action behind his tweets, if he meant what he said and we could rely on his word, then maybe it would mean something. but we don't have that in president trump. and unfortunately i don't think a tweet was appropriate for the anniversary of this occasion. i think he should have stopped what i was doing. i understand he's not in washington and has not been for the past week.
he should have met with his press his -- press contingent and had a press conference and he should have addressed this and soothed the nation that we don't want to continue in this path. he could have paid homage to healther hire and her family and he could have invited some peaceful protesters to discuss things with. but he never chooses that. he never takes an issue that is delicate or that is dividing our nation and tries do something that would bring our nation together. he can tweet all he wants, it's what he normally does, but do his tweets have any action behind them? and i don't think that they do. >> so a tweet this day, but just a year ago the president did call a news conference and he talked about the situation. you'll remember this was a very complex response you could say, left a lot of people scratching their hids hea their heads because on one side you had people protestingnd on the other side you had the nazis, the racists. and the president offered a
false equivalence. >> yes. >> let's listen. >> they showed newspaper charlottesville. >> excuse me. you had some very bad people in that group. but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. >> so i say a complex response there because really this should have been simple, you know. it's not about right or left, it's really about right or wrong. and the president somehow suggesting that some of the people on the other side there were fine people. >> yeah. it's -- you know, it's the same way that he could call lebron james dumb after opening up a school to help children in his hometown. it just per plexs me hplexes me way in a moment he could be so healing he finds a way to divide even more. i think there's so many examples of that that he's done that it's very disheartening that this is
a president that is going ever try to attack the racism problem, to try to bring us together instead of actually make things worse. and i think that he does that in a way that had he gives a voice to the -- those that want to say whatever they want to say, who want to fant flames. he is their voice. and he continues to do that. and it's just really upsetting for many in this country who would rather see our president, the leader of the free world, work towards in his own country bringing unity. >> the u.s. president typically weighs in on sports figures, many times sports figures who are african american. and after the criticism that he had for lebron james again opening a school for children and for their parents, the president, of course, criticize and then keith boykin were a commentator who's been on our air offered this tweet that has gained some traction. the tweet basically saying in trump's world obama kenyan,
lebron james dumb, don lemon dumb, maxine waters low iq. it goes on and on. you get the gist. a lot of people see that tweet and they say, that's right on the knows. >> i read that tweet and i thought it was right on the nose. and it was also very -- it was very sad, you know. i think there's so many things that have been happening lately. there was, you know, there was recently a whole show on trevone martin and that whole case and i watched that and i thought, wow, you know, where are we since that? and then i saw that had the nfl players this past week were back on their knees again and really him to say he doesn't even understand that they think they don't know the issue. it's very clear what the issue is for the players that are taking a knee. and he continues to say these things as if people can't read for themselves and understand what the issues are. so i think keith's tweet was right on point and i saw it and i just shook my head. and i thought, even when donald
trump came back with his tweet today to say that we want -- he wants to unite, it doesn't really have any weight in lieu of the history that he has as president and as a businessman. so, you know, i just don't think that we can look to our president to be somebody that's going to protect and also is going to try to bring all americans together because keith's tweet just shows all the americans that he doesn't -- and all of the immigrants and everybody else that he doesn't really stand up for. >> this president typically speaks his mind. >> yes, he does. >> under the first amendment. we see those protesters, people speaking their mind on the football field and in the nation's capital this day we will likely see hate on parade, again all protected by the first amendment but certainly willing interesting to see how it all comes together. mo, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you so much. thank you. well now we have this in relation to this whole big dialogue. ku klux klan'sman that took
place in the rally in charlottesville last year and fired a gun at a black protester while shouting a racial slur. >> cnn sara sidner spoke with him about that and about his unlikely friendship woman african american musician. we do want to warn viewers this report contains language that many may find offensive. >> i shot a gun. the man had a flame thrower. >> richard preston admitting what he did during the deadly white nationalist unite the right rally last year in charl lotsville, virginia. that's preston yelling the "n" word, aiming and firing in the direction of a black counterprotester wielding a blowtorch. preston spoke to cnn for the first time since he plead nod contest in the case against him. >> reporter: are you sorry for shooting a gun towards a black man. >> no, i was protecting the people on the steps. >> reporter: but you did say the
"n" word before you fired the gun. >> if you're standing in a group of a thousand black folks. >> there wasn't a group of a thousand black folks. >> i can't tell you how many there were, a large group of black people. how do you get one black man's attention in a crowd of black people. >> reporter: you say hey you with the torch. >> he didn't care. >> reporter: he says easy went to protect the statue as a member of the militia but he says he also wears another hat, that of an imperial wizard of a ku klux klan member. for years he's been trying to rebrand the kkk as possible do gooders now hate filled racists do you hate black people. >> no, i have trends that are brack. >> but you're an imperial wizard of a ku klux klan group and they have history of tear rising black groups. how can you say that. >> not all clans did, some did. i've never tear rised a black person in my life. >> why the ku klux klan.
>> because i want to see what it once was. >> he referenced this when thousands marched through wash in 1985. >> at that time the march was about the fact our country was allowing immigrants to come here, change their names and no documentation, if your name was schwartz cls coff you come here and call yourself schwartz nobody cares. >> he said it was to keep blacks, jews, and others from rising politically. >> it's not about a black man, red man, yellow man, it's about a red, white, and blue. >> he's still awaiting sentencing in charlottesville. while he waits, something remarkable is happening because of this man. r&b musician has spent decades engaging with clan members and challengetion his beliefs. he and press ston have talked for years via phone and suddenly davis was standing up for preston in court. >> what could doh you say to the
judge. >> i testified for his behalf i also paid part of his bail non get him out. >> you paid part of his bail money? >> did i. is he taking you for a fool using you? >> not at all. >> who you do you mow? >> because he and i were already friends. i said i am willing to take mr. preston and he's agreed go down to this museum with me and take a tour of it and learn something. >> reporter: he's referring to the national museum of african-american history. >> seeing what he's going to see there is going to plant a seed. the seed may not blossom today, tomorrow, the next day, but eventually he'll come out because the truth never -- can never be squashed. >> reporter: the two men bonding over history and rurneturning t davis's home to find another shared passion. ♪ >> reporter: his track record speaks val ums. davis says 200 of the clansmen
he's befriended have left the group relinquishing their clan robes to him. >> you don't think you'll ever give your robe up? >> no, i'll be buried in it. it's already set in stone. >> you sure? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: but then this happened. richard preston who had never been married had darryl davis at his clan wedding. >> as you stand in the presence of god. >> this time it was davis giving something away, the bride. >> me and his friendship has been something really special to me. >> he wanted know be a part of this wedding. that's beautiful. that's a seed planted. >> reporter: now, considering that another unite the right rally is schedule for here in washington, d.c. on the anniversary of the charlottesville protest, i asked both men where they thought race relations were headed in this country and they both said they thought it would get worse before it gets better. sara sidner, sacnn, washington. >> division and unity both. coming up here. >> three, two, one, zero.
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skype. we always enjoy talking to you about this cool stuff. first of all, what an impressive sighted. it was a delta 4 heavy rocket and it sure looked heavy, didn't it, taking off? >> absolutely. delta 4 heavy is one of the biggest rockets we have in the arsenal here and having it launch as a probe like this, an important probe, certainly an exciting event. >> right. they had to scrub it yesterday, but off it went today. it's really remarkable that it's going to get there and start sending back data so soon. and i was reading that even though it will be some 3 million miles still away from the sun, it will be 2,500 degrees fahrenheit where this space probe will be. how are they doing that? how are they keeping this intact with all that heat? >> right. well, we're pretty good at building heat shields so that's going to protect the sensitive electronics inside the vehicle
as well as the other components. but the sensors outside are going to be looking at the corona of the sun, the atmosphere if you will, and make something unprecedented direct measurements of the solar wind, that is the charged particles stream away from the schun was first pos you too lated by dr. parker all those years ago and he was eventually proved right. so it's neat to the see that this probe who is named after dr. parker who is still alive at the age of 91 is still excited to learn more about our star which is about 4 billion years old and halfway through its life. >> leroy, a question for you. how fast is this thing going? >> oh, grosh goosh, temperaturi everett spacecraft we've launch theed it's 450 miles an hour, something like that. >> we'll believe you. yes, sir. and i think when it ges glets it will be the fastest moving manmade object ever going
430,000 miles an hour. i mean -- >> i was close. >> it's pretty fast. >> what would big picture things can we learn about star formation? what will they be looking at on this mission? this is going last several years too, of data. >> right. right. well, we're going to be looking mostly at the corona because that's about as close as we can get without melting the spacecraft. and so interestingly the corona is about 300 times hotter than what is defined as the surface of the sun. and so it's kind of a mysterious area, generally the farther away you get from an object the cooler it's going to be. so hopefully it will be able to pick up some clues as to what it is about the corona that makes it actually hotter than the defined surface of the sun. so that solar wind, it's going to be making those direct measurements, very exciting stuff. and i'm sure there will be a lot of scientific discoveries that come out of it that we hadn't even anticipated. >> that will be exciting.
>> leroy, just briefly. you mentioned solar winds. remind people around the world the impact of solar winds on the united states, on many countries around the world, important to equipment. >> right, absolutely. so solar wind is charged -- they're charged particles streaming away from the sun at supersonic speeds and of course they impact all the planets in our solar system to varying degrees depending on how far they are away. in our case we have a magnetic field lines, the vannal len belts, and those fields capture most of the charged particle radiation coming from the sun which is why life in our atmosphere is able to flourish on the earth. very important stuff and it's very exciting that this probe is going to teach us a lot more about those solar particles. >> it's very, very cool and it's very -- go nasa. it's just so impressive. mr. parker was there and he was
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beer and britain's exit from the european union. these two topics would seem to be unrelated. >> one will definitely have an impact on the other. as we report, it was a big topic at this week's great british beer festival in london. we were there. ♪ >> reporter: ales, by theers, something for every taste, you guessed it, it's a beer festival. the great british beer festival to be precise. an annual tradition for a demanding crowd which organizers say will have drunk 200,000
pints by the thyme five-day event finishes. that's 100,000 liters or in layman's terms, a lot of beer. but with brexit on the horizon, will britain's drinking habits suffer as the country leaves the european union? >> it most certainly will. >> i think the uk market in the beer world is so, so, so good the brexit won't affect it. >> it might stop some of the -- coming from the -- but we don't care about that because that stuff's rub beneficiary. >> this festival is all about brating a great -- the humble pint. but make no mistake there's a lot riding on brexit for british brewers, not least because beer was among the top three food and drink exports of this country last year. generate something $700 million worth of sales and 900,000 jobs. >> reporter: and the industry does have some concerns. one being the cost of wheat, hops, and other ingredients used to make beer.
>> we just want to make sure that the consumers know the price are not going to suddenly sky rocket. we want to make sure that brewers are going to have stability and in supply for the ingredients and side dar. >> a week -- could make that harder. >> it may get a bit more expensive because some of the contents of beer, products, may get more expensive but it's not going to stp us drinking. >> if it goes up to a pound, it goes up. we still have say beer. >> from the brexit's perspective, we'll survive. >> reporter: maybe some things just never change. >> a cold day in the middle of winter you want a nice dark, british strong beer that's going to warm you up. >> beer is our national drink in the uk. >> for consumers and for the industry, at least for now, the brexit glass is half full. nina dell santos, cnn, london. >> god save the beer. i'm natalie allen. 3 >> and i'm george howell. the news continues here on cnn right after the break.
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