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from berlin. tonight, the new crew on their way to the international space station.n. earlier today a soyuz lifted off from kazakhstan go piloted by german alexander gerst. the crew of three will carry out dozens of experiments, some in preparations for future missions to mars. also coming up, people flee as guatemalals volcanono of fire erupts again. 75 people are kind -- confirmed dead.
he surges on for more survivors dscape that is blanketed sh and mud. and argentina pulls out of their woworld cup warm-up match in jerusalem. palestinian groups say is the right decision. ♪ bren i'm brent goff. it is good to have you with a speed the latest missing to the international space station is on its way after the three strong crew blasted off from the cosmodrome in kazakhstan today. a copilot on board is german copilot alexander gerst. he wr astamander leleader this year and was cleay excited to be making another trip to the stars. reporter: thumbs up ready to go.
alexander gerst was all smiles as final preparations got underway for this, his second trip into space. his fans know him better as astro alex. but not everyone knew the launch site was quite so excited. he tweeted about a great farewell from friends and families, but some unimpressed cows were at the side e the road. is 42. his debut mission was in 2014 as an onboard engineer. now as the only member of his crew with actual experience in space, he was blasting off in the soyuz as its c copilot. alexander gerst and his crewmates will be based 400 kilometers above the air. orbiting the planet at a speed around 28,000 kilometers per hour on the international space station. and starting in october, he will be in charge. >> i think it is also a very good sign of this international
cooperation to show that all partners can get into this function of commander, it shows how good this cooperation is, how much it bu ilds umissions that have been de and of course we are extremely proud that alexander is the second european come the first german to assume this function. reporter: pressing his hand to the front of the bus window, astro alex had one more message to hiftoff. and just enough time to send a tweet to his fans. nexttop, the international space station in two days from now if all goes well. >> 3, 2, 1. i see the engine is igniting,g, there. and left off. reporter:: the team are now well on the way.
e suessfully entered their designated orbit. they are set to dock at the international space station on friday. brent: joining me tonight is the esa's senior advisor for science and exploration. you king t time to be on the show tonight. we know that the flight to iss tatakes twos. is one of if not the most dangerous point of the entire mission. between now and i guess the docking in two days, are ty still in a high risk phase? guest: well, everything we do in space is kind of risky. eveverybody knows there is a chance things could go wrong. as you said, it isis the first momoment when you likeke that semi-controlled bomb when the tension is highest. with soyuz, the acceleration
builds up. thrst few seconds are relatively light. but as the acceleration kicks in, the gefeforce has built up, thcal stuff. now w they are making ththeir w, they are in zero gravity. there is always a risk. but they are past the main part ent:ow. and tare gog to be there for about six months. can you give us an idea of what the database experience is like on the iss? we do not expect to see them wearing astronaut outfits, right? mark: i am not sururthere aree any spacewalks scheduleded. it is not quite the same as sandra bullock jumping in inin 0 seconds. you haveve to remember, the international space station is
fundamentally a world-class science laboratory. some of the eqequipment has been sep fromhe ground on previous flights, some on this flight. it is a day-to-day routine. they are wororking in serarate modules, they need up for lunch and dinner, communicate with her family on the ground. it is a lot different perhaps from what people expect where there is constant tension. of course zero g, it is an interesting environment to work in. brent: alexander gerst said he is going to be commander and he is going to be the nice boss. i guess it iportant when you are in this very confined space, it is important to be nice. mark: everything we do is about teamwork. whether it i robotic missions or human missions, we have to overcome all the language barriers and everything else.
when you are on the space station you have a huge backup as well as it mission control is working with you all the time. on board, if you like, that is wherthe tensions could arrive. all our astronauts are very nice people, and they have to be. you don't want them beating each other up. brent: it is truly international. talk to me a little bit about how that benefits us. do we see tangible benefits here on earth, or are we talking about thinks that those astronauts will one day go to mars will benefit from? mark: there is a mixix. there are some experiments that are directly related to bone loss, for example. osteoporosis is a huge problem. we have more and more people above a certain age. we can learn more about this in ung people on the space station where osteoporosis kicks in very early and separate that out from things old people may have on the ground. we can also do experiments, find
new ways of casting metals in space, take the gravity out and look at the physical process that transform that dr. the ground. but you are right, what we are now really focusing on is the next step. can we now go off back to the moon and beyond to mars? there are lots of lessons to be learned on the iss about spaceflight, how do their bodies adapt. when they get to the surface of mars, are they going to be ready, a they physically capable to carry out their mission? brent: that's a good question. old.isabous se20 years ter ofpacege, it is getting up there in age, right? does it have a much longer life in terms of being financed? and also, do we know the things we need to know to go to mars now, or do we still need to do
more research? mark: the iss has technical limitations, there is a point at which the modules will not be qualified to fly. they are getting damagede environment from space. nancunti the mid- 2020's but we have to plan for the next things beyond. there is a lot to be learned before we actually go to mars. we're going to goh americans, japanese and canadians were going to build a smaller space station called the lunar orbital platform gateway. it will be in orbit around the moon. by viewing -- by being a few days around the earth, a different environment for human. we can learn for the next steps going to mars. there is a huge amount still to m the issbrent: alexander gersty good at inspiring people. if you look at his twitter feed today before he took off, just the way he describes what he is feeling and looking forward to,
it makes you want to be there. so y have got that in your favor right now. when you look at the future, do you see a mission to mars pp next 10 to years? we wa mitaion mars in the 1970's and 1980's. mark: the first thing to remember is him we talk about going to mars it is for exploration and for science. it is also for inspiration. the young astronauts in our cadre, they are all very connected and also the same thing. it is a classic thing of looking down a the earth and see no borders and seeing the fra gilityof ear if we go to mars we should not look at that as plan b, we can go to colonize. but the inspiration is critical to bring kids and people into -- ve t major probms we oimate change, dwindg resources. that is through international
thinking, obeying the laws of there is a lot to be done in space for exploratco bectingtace ssionate about.e're brent: it has been really good talking to you, mark mccaughrean . we appreciate your time tonight. mark: thank you very much. brent: moving on now, fresh flows of superheated a and mud from guatemala's bouquet of fire a force more people from their homes. at least 75 people have been killed since the volcano began erupting over the weekend animals 200 more are still authorities h issued new evacuation orders and residents have begun to panic about what is to come next. fleei people left their homes as as they could,inak the ouould carry their o own.
many hoping for a quick escape were slowed down by clogged roads. authorities issued evacuation orders for half a dozen villages after increased volcanic activity onsday, raising the threat of further lava flows and hot ash. orts othe tried not to. do truth i is what t to do. i think what we have to o do iso bealm anand pray. reporter those made homeleless have been turning toto emergency shshelte. they are depending on authorities to take care of eir immedidiate needs. >> i it is a pity aarnd we pingng the goverernment will hep us. we do not have anywhere to s st. we have lo ou land, our homes. ng wh . reporter: back in the disaster
area, many homes have been buried by ash. resc crews are l survivor vtims, theut acknowledge their progress has been slowed due to the dangerous terrain. >> say mhat the firstespo re io bepp within 72 hours. at has not been taken in account is the factors holding back our wk, like volcanic material at high tem are talking between 400 degrees celsius. -- 400 and 700 degrees celsius. reporter: where the ash has llen it looks like a lunar landscape.e. brent:e wanto now go to our ndent in the guatemalan town close to the volcano. of philia, it is good d have you u with us.
can seeheir our firemen behind you what are you seeing in whaar you hearing rightht now? ophelia: was able to enter the area w where this littttle townt is covered in ashes. the smell is so bad that you can actually tell with the bodies are lying. it is so difficult to bury them. g stthes thae are here o only for a coupuple s rere. the 72 hours they are supposed to be lookoking for bodieses wie overer soon. thg toreurry but it is difficult. so far about 11 bodies have been lead while i have been herere o good news for the people that are still looking for the missing -- brent: it sounds like there must
be a lot more in terms of bodies at hav not been accounted for . i want to make sure we get this right for our viewers because we n th iair has beenthat the som t a lot for people. but you are saying it is the stench from corpspses that peope who have been killed by this eruption, is that correct? ofelia: it is correct. we have actually sthe corpses and it is not only people, it is also animals. ke i sd, they are startiting to find them. the problem is just that they are so buried it is really hard and it takes hours. the rereuers weree evacuated yestererday because the vololno erupted again. work had to be stopped and they could only be renewed today. there is also rain forecasted, they are scared they will have to stop again soon. brent: the government in
guatemhas be criticized for its delayed r response to ts disaster. how are they supporting the victims n now? ofelia: we can see the harwork of the authorities here. but the president who is expected to arrive here anytime soon, has said before thatre is no y sup dis tter. er temerge fand what we are seeint the people are being helped by other people, by communities that have been gathering food ededmedicine and all that is n the shelt one today, and people are being fed. but what they are really worried about is that they might not be abable to return to their hohometowns, places they havave always livived, because they wil be ced with ash for he nexle oup years. bren you have a concern about how can people make it after this disas
is there any indication that the government is going to be able to help people once this disaster has become history? ofelia: well, it's an interesting question because this situation could not be forereseen, a andhat is because the vovolcano here,e, fuego, has onlyly one r rudimentary measurt cocompared to other volcanoes where you have measurements for gas pressssure, or where you can wawatch from a satellilite if anything is being moved from underneathth so,,e wiba y, let's say, modern system anytime soon. brent: ofelilia harms arruti in atemala tonight on the story force tonight with that volcano that has erupted yet again. thank you. meanwhile,ens re homes in state of hawaii have also been destroyed by votto flows, this time from the
kilauea volcano. authorities say some residents who had chosen not to leave rlier had to be rescued by helicopter. a has now destroyed almost200 opertities since it t began erupting on hawaii's big island you're watching dw news. l to come, argentina call off their world cup match elainst em after protests from palestinians over a venue change to jerusalem. but first it is over to javier for the latest move in the trade war with the united states. javier: and in this case the move comes from here, from europe. the eu is preparing a harsh response to new u.s. tariffs. starting in july the block will impose impor duties on a variety of products. the new penalties were announced today and come in response to --
about three point $4 billion worth of annual u.s. imports are expected to be hit by the new measures rangiging from agricucultural proroducts to stl anand bourbon whiskey.. that list could also be expanded in the future, aorofficials. all this does not only affect businesses. earlier we spoke to our four -- financial correspondent in frankfurt and asked him how these tariffs will impact the average citizen. >> if for example in the united states, steel tariffs are used by the steel companies and car companies to pass higher costs on to consumers and they will be affected. and here with consumer goods affected like peanut butter or or juice, or perhaps jeans. the margins, this kind of business with retailers, they are much smaller. i think here they will not be
much of a decision to pass them on. it will make things more expensive for the average consumer here in the eu in these products. javier: let's now cross or to sophie scimansky in new york who has been following the story for us. loing at the market reactions tecif do lyt ed abeooffs.ut we're seeg most oe markets in agreement. sophie: it is remarkable that markets to not show any sign. they actually edged higher on wednesday. the story was more tax reform. i feel i can investors are looking short term. market is hot, people have money and they want to spend it. even without theseariffs and any imminent trade war, some might argue the u.s. is simply the end of an economic cycle that has brought low unemployment, st ngtheven the fed is optimistic,y
started raising rates. that can forecast the end of an economic cycle in the long-term. so investors keep looking two feet ahead. tang profits before they might reconsider, and even leave them. the world bank said an escalation of tariffs could translate into a global trade flow decline of 9%, similar to e drop that we saw during the financial crisis. then again, there are signs that trump willot nven be able to ize alese tariffs. we just heard that senator bob rker rled a ll shown these tariffs will not be as easily imposed as thought, maybe reacted tjavi.: we know trump'ss to reduce the trade deficit. is the strategy working? sophie: right. it is indeed seven months low at the moment, so it seems to be working.g. but some analysts say these numbers can be misleading, and
that becomes obvious when you take a little deeper. -- dig a little deeper. you can see the trade deficit with china has actually grown in april. javier: sophie scsky from the new york stock exchange, thank you for an much. the ceo of qatar airways has apologized after saying his job was too difficult for a woman. he is known for his controversial remarks and despite the apology, his statements sparked a debate at the annual meeting of international transport association, in an industry that is still widely led by men. reporter: askbo i issue among middle east airlines in particular and why his job cannot be done by a w, e ays chihief executive davivid typicallyy proroctive answer. he tried to make light of the comments.
>> of course it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position, and i''m sure that -- >> he said he was going to stop saying controversial things. he lasted 10 minutes. 10 minutes. is that all we are going to get out of them? >> s sorry. >> you know, i have to put a little bit of fireworks around to motivate more questions. reporter: he defended his remarks saying that qatar aiairways was the first airlinen the region to have women pilots and that 60% of all student pilots at the airline were women. the issue of gender imbalance in aviation was a hot topic a over 200linerepresented at the meeting. jojoyce, who campaigned for
marriage equality in australia, said ensuring a diverse workforce in general could help drive profits. >> if you are not jumumping into inclususion you are at a a disadvantage. were all looking for the best talent. some airirlines are looking for men in those roles, they are not going to do well. you get the best talent,t, the best people in t b best you arare going to perform bett. recerter: heted eir years as partly due to the airline's diversity policy. javier: at least someone is thinking the right way. back to brent. more controversy, this time over a high-profile football match. brent: argentina have cancel saturday's a soccer world cup warm-up in israel following pro-palestinian protests. the decision has upset some of israel's leaders, with some saying they are succumbing to terror threats. reporter: argentina coach was
unhappy about playing in israel so close to the world cup for logistical reasons. now the game has been canceled for a very different issue. when it was switched to israel it angered p palestinians were further incensed because the jerusalem stadium is in the neighborhood of a former palestinian village. having burned th- flag, they threatened to burn jerseyss ofof the star. >> the a actions and threats tht have taken plalace have lessss o decide n not to tl. rponsibity as presint of t the team is to look after e health, physical integrity, and safety of the entire delegation. reporter: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had hoped the
game against one of the world cup favorites would be good publicity for israel, whonot que tin russia. but moving the match to jerusalem has backfired. israel's football chief says his organization will take the issue to fifa. >> football terror, we are seeing it as crossing a redline. we cannot accept it. reporter: however, the group behind the campaign to boycott the match said it was not down to safety fears. >> it t was read as a mortrtal d ethicacal stancnce. this is israel trying to frame it as due to threats. but juju the other day there were argentininian proteerss ng the team not totolay. reporter: a blow to israel politically and argentina on the pitch, with the game dueo en ths t: here's a reminder of the
top stories that we are falling for your. an international team of astronauts led b by germany's alexandeder gerst has taken off for the international space space rocket launched from gaza's down. -- kaz expand. - back here on earth after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. stick around for that. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]