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hi, there. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. "i'd rather go to prison." that is the message today from a key figure in the robert mueller investigation. jerome corsi, an associate of president trump ally roger stone says he will reject a plea deal with the special counsel's office. he tells cnn, quote, they can put me in prison the rest of my life. i am not going to sign a lie, end quote. mueller has apparently shown interest in corsi's ties to
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wikileaks founder, julian assange, and corsi says he was offered a plea deal on one count of perjury. so let's get straight to analysis. cnn legal analyst paul cowan is with me. so if he's rejecting this deal, what now? >> well, first, you have to analyze, is there really a deal? he says mueller offered him a deal. i don't see any independent confirmation of that. and i wonder about it, because, remember, he's testified before the grand jury under oath. he was interviewed by federal investigators in advance of that testimony. how much more could he offer mueller than what he has already said to say? so i don't know what he's trading. usually, you're trading something big to a prosecutor to get him to give you a break. i'm not seeing what corsi can trade to mueller for a deal. >> because mueller has talked to so many people in this roger stone sphere. do you think mueller knows whatwhat corsi knows? follow me? >> oh, yes, i think he absolutely does. and if there were plea discussions, mueller probably said, you'll have to plea to a
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serious felony if you can give us something new, and i don't think he had anything new to offer. >> remind us of the key role, this key puzzle piece that jerome corsi plays in the realm of roger stone, trump campaign, and possibly connecting it to wikileaks and russia? >> the information that was leaked by wikileaks was obtained originally by the russians. and it winds up eventually with the trump campaign and being published in u.s. newspapers. so he is -- corsi is somebody who is involved in that, because roger stone has testified that his information about it came from corsi. now, that is a change of story by roger stone. he gave a couple of public speeches that suggested that he was in direct contact with wikileaks himself. so we know that roger stone and corsi are possibly involved in that yellow brick road that leads from wikileaks back to the trump campaign. so i'm not at all surprised to see mueller focusing in on this. the other thing that i think
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we're seeing is that roger stone, who's always played a major role, or at least his name pops up all over the place. of course, he's a dirty trickster for the republicans for many, many years and proud of that role. i'm not accusing him of something he hasn't already admitted to, but he's never been interviewed by the mueller team. why is that? okay. >> thank you for reading my mind and asking my question. why is that? >> why is that? >> it's not a good sign for him, is it? >> it's a bad sign for him. because if there's a clear target to an investigation, you don't usually interview him. you work around the outside to make a case out against him, but you don't talk directly to the target. so this suggests to me that stone remains a target of the mueller probe and he's -- he, stone, is somebody who had strong links to trump in the early campaign days. >> they've been circling. >> the circle gets closer and closer. >> it does. paul cowan, thank you very much. now to who is arguably one of the most impactful government
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reports ever. the trump administration released the new climate change report on black friday of all days, when so many of you were out shopping or just enjoying your holiday and perhaps not paying so much attention to the news. the report wasn't expected to be made public until next month, leading some to wonder if friday's release was an attempt to bury the story. the report forecasts what climate change, unchecked, will do specifically to the united states and it's devastating. all of the wildfires, the hurricanes, the tornadoes, droughts, flooding, will get larger and more frequent and happen fast before the 21st century is over. the impact goes way beyond natural disasters, too, into every aspect of americans' lives, especially the everyday economy. we'll get into that in just a second. but first to the president's silence, a known climate denier, his lack of response to this report may be expected, but by no means is it the exception when it comes to disregarding the work of his own government. so for that, let's go to cnn
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politics reporter and editor at large, chris cillizza. chris, we have these multiple examples that keep piling on, right? of where the president is going against his own intelligence. >> we absolutely, 100% do. one thing on the timing, brooke. there's no coincidences in politics. you don't release -- you don't move the release up of this climate change report to the biggest shopping day of the year, black friday, upon accident. but you're right, there's a pattern and we see this a lot. so, climate change report, donald trump has said he believes as far back as 2012, but he's very consistent that he's very skeptical of climate change and man's role in it. he has said as recently as last wednesday, oh, it's so cold out, what happened to global warming. he has said it is a conspiracy to help the chinese as it relates to business as far back as 2012. so that's number one. despite a report that says, number one, this is a huge problem, the planet is warming, and number two, there will be huge consequences within 15 years unless we make changes now. let's go to the second one, because as i said, it's a
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pattern. okay, this is mohammad bin salman. we know that the cia has concluded that mohammad bin salman, the crowned prince of saudi arabia, personally ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi in a consulate in turkey, a saudi arabian consulate in turkey. trump, last week, again, a lot of people missed it because of thanksgiving, trump put out an incredible statement, and i don't mean that in a positive way, saying essentially, well, it might have been mbs, might not have been, we'll never know the answer, but we're not going to break our relationship with saudi arabia. so again, going against his intelligence. let's go to the last one here. okay, so this is in -- again, over the weekend, russian ships fired on ukrainian ships and seized three of them sunday night. this follows a 2014 annexation of crimea by russia. donald trump has tweeted about a lot of things, including the mueller investigation since this happened. and guess what? zero times has he tweeted about
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this, which in addition, brooke, to the fact that donald trump, despite the intelligence community unanimously concluding in 2017 that russia, not only interfered in our election of 2016, but did so to help donald trump and hurt hillary clinton, donald trump, unless under severe duress will not acknowledge that fact. remember, he said in a debate with hillary clinton, it could have been a 400-pound kid in his bed in new jersey. remember, pattern. denying established facts with a preponderance of evidence because they do not fit his preferred narrative. >> so noteworthy, and on the climate report, john, thank you so much. i have john avlon with me, our senior cnn political analyst. and for people who are not paying as close attention on friday, this is incredibly significant. not just on shrinking glaciers and warming oceans. but run through really the meat and potatoes in this climate report. >> this is a major report. hundreds of scientists, dozens
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of agencies working for president trump utterly contradicting his beliefs, which are utterly unscientific, regarding climate change. basically saying this problem is real, it is here, and it's going to have a massive impact on the country and our economy as well as lives over the course of this decade. so just a couple of top lines. >> sure. >> it may be that the president pays the most attention to the money. we have a 10% projected decline in gdp by the end of the century if this is not dealt with. that's the trajectory we're on. this is not just sort of lost wages, but higher temperatures, crumbling infrastructure, the impact of higher temperatures and the sort of wildfires we've seen and rising sea levels. also, take a look at the areas that we've already seen the impact. not just the wildfires in california, but you and i understanding the south, coastal flooding. on a regular basis, that could end up costing billions of dollars on an annual basis, according to this report. midwest farm belt, also place where trump has a lot of support, projection of significantly decreased cop yields. and even in those upper plains
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states, record problems with ozone. so you take it all together, and it is a very bleak, very stark, non-optional report issued by scientists who have facts, not opinion on their side. and it's the kind of thing that the trump administration tried to bury by pushing out on black friday, hoped no one would notice, but you can't spin yourself out of this stuff. >> so chris alluded to the tweet last wednesday, trump's tweet on global warming. what did he say? >> the president repeated one of his favorite riffs, confusing global warming with weather. climate change with weather. saying there's record snowfall and folks are stranded at o'hare. again, these two things are unrelated. that's why it's climate change. this is about extreme weather patterns and disruptions of what we've known. it is related, it is man-made. and this is nonoptional. and it's going to have an impact on the way we live. >> at what point, though, do you
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think these climate skeptics become less skeptical? what do they need to see to say it's real? >> look, i think two-fold. one, there's a great old line that says that someone can't be reasoned out of something that they weren't reasoned into. some of this is just article of faith, rather than dealing with science and stats and facts. where those people move, when they move usually is when it becomes personal to them. and if all of a sudden they start seeing the local economies disturbed, if they start seeing wildfires affect their home, droughts, maybe it changes their opinion. i'll say one thing, too. if you look at those area that are likely to feel the brunt of climate change, many of them are conservative areas where their congressmen and senators don't accept climate change. how long is that going to be sustainable from their constituents' standpoint if you represent florida? if that's dealing with massive flooding on a regular basis. how long is that going to be politically possible to deny the science when it's having a
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demonstrated negative impact on your constituents? because we're going to have to deal this stuff. that's a responsibility of government. >> well done, john avlon. >> well, thank you, brooke. >> thank you. just in, a major shift from an american icon. general motors announcing plans to slash its workforce and close multiple plants. where the company plans to reinvest moving forward. also, firing back. three weeks after president trump called her out, today republican congresswoman mia love is responding after losing her election, delivering a sharply worded concession speech aimed right at president trump. and we are moments away from an attempted mission to mars, ladies and gentlemen! nasa scientists describing it as seven minutes of terror, as this probe, this insight probe attempts this risky landing. we'll have the whole thing for you. space geeks unite. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin.
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thousands of workers at general motors will soon be without jobs as the american auto giant announces a major restructuring plan. the stunning move means that gm will shut down five plants in , north america, four of those auto factories are in the u.s. and one in canada. gm says it's reducing its workforce by 15%, including a quarter of the company's executives. the company says the plan will make it more efficient, saving about $6 billion a year by the end of 2020. the united auto worker's union vows to fight these cuts. with me now, cnn's richard quest, our business editor at large. and you were making -- not just shuttered, they've been unallocate e unallocated. >> this is the awful part of their announcement. it goes through the way that gm
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believes they'll need resources through the next 10, 15 years. it says, we allocate this and this. and then it says at the end, the following plants will be un-allocated. >> instead of being shut down, trying to soften the language. >> exactly. you've not been fired, you've been un-allocated. which i thought was an extraordinary way to put out such a strong announcement. but gm says these moves are necessary for the car company to remain competitive particularly as it moves to autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, and also as it moves towards suv. >> this has to be devastating for these communities, ohio, michigan. these are places that went for trump in 2016. and if he wants to win again in 2020, is that going to prove to be problematic? >> i think he's going to have to come up with some strong action. and you might see that yet, as to what he knew about these gm.
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did he negotiate? did the u.s. government negotiate. did the states negotiate to try to keep the jobs? what was possible? because you're right, it's going to be extremely embarrassing on the back of a nafta announcement or a nafta deal, the usmca that suddenly this all comes out and that the jobs are going to go anyway. i think voters in those states will quite rightly turn to the president or be asking, so what was this all about if our jobs are going anyway? >> and what can he say to make them feel any better about losing all this work? >> i think he's going to turn on the -- i don't know, but i think he'll tupprn on gm. i think he'll use gm as the scapegoat. he'll conveniently ignore the fact that gm has a business to run and will run it in the most efficient and effective way for gm and all its employees, its stockholders, et cetera, et cetera, and i think he'll turn it on them. it will be an attack on the company. let's watch and wait and see. but anything we've seen so far, whether it's against at&t, our parent company, boeing, any of
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the others, it's always turned into an attack on the company. >> i'm sure you're right. >> harley davidson. >> that's another one. richard quest, thank you very much. next here, police in alabama admit they shot the wrong man. and now the family of the 21-year-old victim is demanding the release of police body cameras, as they want answers. we'll have a live report for you from alabama. also, just in, new numbers on president trump's job disapproval rating. now hitting record territory. if you're on medicare,... we've got big news. this year,...
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in this town of hoover, it's just outside of birmingham, an off-duty officer shot a man, e.j. bradford jr. investigators say the officer initially thought bradford was the gunman in a mall shooting that wounded two people. the real gunman they still haven't found. the family is demanding body camera video to be released and they want an apology. >> my thanksgiving will never be the same. i'll never be able to see my son's face again, or to look into his eyes or to hear him say, mom, i love you. no one has even reached out to us in any type of way. >> you usually do that to a parent and know, hey, my condolences, i'm sorry, i made a mistake. that's all i want him to say. just come out, call me, his mother, and say, hey, can we sit down and have a talk? >> cnn's ed lavendera is in
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hoover, alabama, with more on the investigation. ed, what are you hearing from police? >> reporter: well, family members say they're still waiting to hear any kind of explanation from police officials here in the town of hoover. the investigation has been takenover taken over by state authorities here in alabama. and hoover police say while they're extending their condolences to the bradford family, in that same statement, they also said that it was e.j. bradford who had, quote, brandished a weapon, holding a gun in his hand in those chaotic moments, in the second after the shooting erupted inside the mall on thanksgiving night. however, the family of e.j. bradford and their attorneys, civil rights attorney benjamin crump, they say that witnesses have come forward to them to say that it was actually bradford who was trying to waive people away from the scene, pushing them back and urging them to stay away from where they were. and they also said that they have a nurse who was trying to
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administer aid to e.j. bradford there in the mall and that authorities here in hoover block herd from doing so. so those are some of the things that the family here in hoover, alabama, is saying. and what they really want, they say that all of this can be cleared up if they release the body cam and mall surveillance video footage of what happened that night. >> have you -- separately, have you learned anything more about why bradford was carrying a weapon that evening? >> reporter: well, i spoke with his father just a short while ago and asked him just that very question. why did he have a weapon? it's obviously not uncommon here in the state of alabama for people to carry handguns. but more specifically, his father said that in recent months, he had started carrying his handgun that they say he was legally able to carry in this state. and that he had carried it, because he was oftentimes driving relatives to and from
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work late at night and because of that, he had started carrying his weapon out at night. so his family basically saying that it wasn't uncommon, it wasn't a shock to them to hear that he had had his legally owned handgun there with him at the mall on thanksgiving night. that wasn't -- that didn't seem out of the ordinary to them. >> okay. ed lavendera, thank you very much. coming up, three weeks after the election, republican congresswoman mia love delivers a sharp concession speech after losing her re-election and some of her most pointed remarks directed at president trump. we'll have that for you. and we are watching nasa's mission control very closely as they're about to attempt another risky landing on mars. we will watch what happens live there. stay with me. i just got my ancestrydna results:
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his wife a hug. papadopoulos had been sentenced to 14 days in prison, as part of a plea deal in the mueller investigation. he was the first person charged in the special counsel's russia investigation. papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with russians during the 2016 election. meantime, republican congresswoman mia love conceded her utah race today and took a few parting shots at president trump. you remember during that unprecedented post-election news conference just a couple of weeks ago, president trump stood up there criticizing his fellow republican candidates who didn't exactly seek out his support during the midterms. mia love was on that list. the president saved some of his harshest jabs for her. >> mia love gave me no love. and she lost. too bad. sorry about that, mia. >> turns out when the president made those comments, love hasn't lost the race yet.
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time for us space nerds to hold our collective breath.
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right now we are moments away from what nasa scientists call the seven minutes of terror. the reason is this. insight is the probe that left earth last may and traveled more than 1,200 million miles from home. right now insight is in the process of landing on mars, so what you're seeing is this animation. the actual landing involves several complex steps. there's a reason nasa refers to this as seven minutes of terror. mars is already littered with failed probes and we'll get into the implicaticomplications of as and how huge the success will be. with me, cnn aviation miles o'brien, cnn business correspondent, rachel crane, who has covered space and is as equally obsessed as i am. and don lincoln is a particle physicist and the author of "alien universe: extraterrestrial life in our mind and in the cosmos." so it's not often i get to talk to a particle physicist on my
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show, so i'm starting with you. my first question is really, how much are nasa scientists and engineers sweating right now? >> well, they have to be sweating an incredible amount. for one thing, it's a very difficult project from a technological point of view and it's very far away. this whole entire thing will be done in an automated form and you just have to trust that you did it right. >> trust that you did it right. it is complex. can you -- can you begin, don, to walk me through the actual landing itself and the complexities involved in nailing it, that 12-degree angle just right? >> well, yes. this is -- the difficulty is multi-staged. the first thing is, the lander has to leave the spacecraft that went from earth to mars. it has to go into the atmosphere at a precise angle. if it goes more steeply than 12 degrees, it will burn up, like a
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meteor. if it goes more shallow, it will bounce off the atmosphere. and while it's falling, it's essentially, a meteor, falling into the martian atmosphere. the martian atmosphere is very thin, and that's what makes landing on mars so very difficult. it's 1% the amount of air that we have on earth, and that makes it difficult to slow down. >> let me -- >> once it's about halfway down -- >> can i hit pause on the science for a second, because i want to explain to people, and miles, let me go to you. we have another box on the screen, and i'm assuming, this is pasadena. is this the jpl lab? are these the folks that are steering this thing for lack of a better word? >> well, at this point, they're just going for the ride, brooke. as he pointed out, this is an automated thing. the people in that room, they are the river boat gamblers of science, brooke. they put their chips on the table, they spend a decade or so working on a mission and it all comes down to 6 1/2 minutes and it's either a great day or you just see them droop and get sad,
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as they did back in 1998 and '99, mars polo lander, when they didn't get that signal back. those memories are seared in the collective consciousness at jpl. they've had great moments and they've had moments of absolute agony and defeat, as well. >> we want to avoid the agony and we would like a repeat of the high fives from "curiosity" in 2012. and rachel we, for people who a just tuning in and are like, why are they talking about mars and this "insight," what is the purpose of it all? >> there have been many missions to mars before. and to highlight how difficult this is, pulling off either landing a lander or a rover or an orbiter, bringing an orbiter to mars, more than half of the missions have actually failed. so there's about a 40% chance of success here. so, you know, this is incredibly difficult. space is hard. i just want to highlight that. but most missions to mars have been about studying the atmosphere or the surface. it hasn't really been about getting to the core, literally,
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of the planet and what it's all -- what makes it up. and so that's what "insight" is all about. there's actually a heat probe that's going to dig 16 feet into the planet, which is deeper than any other lander has ever gone before. usually, these landers only go to about an inch below the surface. and so, they hope to learn about how much heat is escaping from the planet. and that will give us insight into what the core is actually made of. so it's really to get at the evolution of the planet, what the planet is comprised of, to have us learn a little bit about the evolution of these rocky planets like our own, earth. >> so on that, don, back over to you. this thing, i want you to continue explaining how this thing -- actually, let's listen in just for a second. >> on this heat shield. very, very hot. but on the inside of the heat shield, it may be only a fraction -- a few degrees above room temperature. so it's a wonderful protector device to keep our lander safe. >> all right.
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so the next thing we're standing by for is -- >> is entry. >> entry. >> getting through the top of the atmosphere, gradually slowing down. right now the vehicle's just now beginning to -- very soon will be beginning to feel the atmosphere touching it. actually, entry is above the atmosphere slightly. so it's really not until a few -- half a minute or so after entry before we really start detecting the fact that that atmosphere is slowing us down. >> all right. we'll be standing by. >> yes. excitin exciting. >> all right. so we're all sort of standing by to stand by. don, why is this referred to as the seven minutes of terror? when do these seven minutes begin? >> well, the seven minutes start about when the orbiter, the landing module hits the
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atmosphere. and the problem is, is that mars is far away. it takes about eight minutes at that particular time right now for a radio signal from mars to get here. so in the descent phase, about 6 1/2 minutes, suppose something happens three minutes in, it will send a signal to earth, but that signal won't get to us for eight minutes, which by the time we get it, it will be all over. so we have to depend on the engineers to have done their job right. >> so it's essentially, you know, on a megadel delay. and it's not like anyone sitting in this room can do anything about it. they're in it for the ride. because once it comes back down to earth, it would be too late. am i following you correctly? >> right, it's a long delay. so suppose something happens three minutes from landing and it needs some kind of intervention by the engineer, the signal will be sent from the landing pod to earth, it will get here in eight minutes, but
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it only has three minutes before it hits the ground. so there's no way to make any changes. it just has to work at this point. >> all right. don and rachel and miles, do me a favor and all stand by. we're holding our breath. i know, i feel the excitement all the way over here, just to see when "insight" lands on mars. live pictures, pasadena, california. we'll be right back.
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the parachute will deploy -- >> all right. you are looking live picture of the jpl, jet propulsion laboratory, pasadena, california. we are within mere minutes of finding out whether this
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"insight" probe will actually land on mars. let's listen in. >> reports sudden change in doppler. >> ground stations are observing signals consistent with parachute deploy. >> michael alpha, michael bravo, maintain lock status. >> telemetry shows parachute deployment. radar powered on. [ applause ] heat shield separation commande
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commanded. >> this is really good news so far. >> that's fantastic. >> i'm on pins and needles. >> we have radar activation where the radar is beginning to search for the ground. once the radar locks on the ground and "insight" is about 1 kilometer above the surface, the lander will separate from the back shield and begin terminal descent using its 12 descent engines. altitude convergence, the radar has locked on the ground. [ applause ] >> yes! standing by for lander
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separation. >> carrier interruption, alpha, bravo. >> lander separation commanded. altitude 600 meters. gravity turn, altitude 400 meters. >> we're getting there. >> 300 meters. 200 meters. 80 meters. 60 meters. 50 meters. constant velocity. 37 meters. 30 meters. 20 meters. 17 meters. standing by for touchdown. touchdown confirmed! "insight" is on the surface of
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mars! [ cheers ] >> wow. >> that's fantastic. >> this never gets old. >> no, it doesn't, rob. control room just erupted. >> fabulous. fabulous. >> shaking hands with the marco team there. >> did great. >> the key designers at lockheed. sandy krasner. what a great team. >> this is really fabulous. >> fantastic news.
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>> thank you. >> lost of fist bumping going on in there. what a relief. we've cut over to the camera over in times square. boy, people are weathering the rain to see this. >> oh, my goodness, the high fives, the fist bumps, the hugs. ladies and gentlemen, nasa. they have achieved something pretty extraordinary. the "insight" probe has now officially landed on mars. i can feel the excitement. don and then miles and then
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rachel. don, first to you. what do you think of this scene? >> i am completely jazzed by this. and the first thing i would like to say as a scientist, i would like to congratulate the technical and scientific staff at nasa and jpl. great job. >> and what's just happened? we know it landed on mars. tell me more. >> well, now the next step is to shake out the equipment, deploy the solar panels. then there are three different missions that "insight wi" will. one is to test the wobble of mars' rotation, to find out something about the core of mars. another one will be to deploy a very sensitive seismograph to look for mars quakes and when meteors hit mars, to find out more about its interior. and finally, and perhaps the most exciting, is to drill down 16 feet underground to actually take the temperature of the planet. and that will teach us something
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about the interdynamics of mars. and it will also tell us how warm it is down there. and not from a science point of view, but from an explorer point of view, if it's warm down there, that makes it more likely that there will be liquid water. all in all, this is going to be a fascinating scientific project. >> so these scientists are salivatesing over the data to come. but miles, to you, underscore for me, the fact that this has been flying since may up towards mars and the likelihood of this precise landing. there have been so many failed probes in the past, why is this such a big deal? >> brooke, this is awfully darned hard, you know? we've already made the point that less than half of these landings succeed at all. 500 or so will certainly get you into the hall of fame for baseball, but this is tricky stuff. and you know, it paualways
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impresses me as you listen to them, they're so calm and cool and collected, you know their sweating bullets underneath, but they never reveal it and when it happens, they just erupt. i would love every young person in america to absorb this, take this in and realize that studying science and math and engineering isn't as nerdy as you may think. it could lead you into that room and it could have you giving high fives for putting something on mars. that's incredible. >> yeah. >> hey, nothing nerdy about it. i've been to space camp three times. rachel, we were excited in 2012 with the curiosity rover and it's a rover, meaning it will move. this, obviously, stays put to collect the data. it's a lander. what's -- what more are they trying to achieve with the data? >> well, first what's interesting is where they've landed. and they call it like a relatively borie ining parking on mars. and it's really close to the equator, just north of the
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equator. it's very flat, not very rocky. they chose that for a reason to minimize any potential damage, not steep. and it will perform all of its duties right there from that one spot. and also close to the equator so it will get a lot of sunlight. it's powered by the solar panels that will soon hopefully deploy. there's a lot of dust that happens when this lander -- when the thrusters go off, so they're waiting for the dust to also settle before they deploy those solar panels. but being close to the equator will guarantee that they got a lot of sunlight. but it's interesting that, you know, they're not choosing some like really active spot on mars. this is, as they call it, a good parking spot. so, yeah, you know, but every place on mars, let's be honest, is pretty interesting. it's mars! but also, the fact that they just pulled this off. you have to remember, this was a nearly $1 billion mission ten years in the making. so a ton of money on the line. you know, those watch parties, those viewing parties all over the world happening right now. so there was a lot of pressure
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on nasa to pull this off. and the fact that they did it so beautifully, but the odds against them really just speaks to the power of those scientists and engineers. absolutely incredible. >> it's amazing. it's amazing. rachel, thank you for your excitement. and miles and don lincoln, thank you all so very much. and again, a huge, huge, huge congratulations to nasa. >> thank you. we continue watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. entirely switching gears now. new developments in the russia investigation. jerome corsi, an associate of president trump, ally roger stone, says he will reject a plea deal with special counsel robert mueller's office. he tells cnn, quote, they can put me in prison the rest of my life. i am not going to sign a lie. mueller has recordedly shown interest in corsi's ties to wikileaks founder, julian assange, and corsi said he was offered a plea deal on one count of