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CNN10 2020-03-06

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NASA Rover Sends Back Highly Detailed Panorama of Mars; U.S. Presidential Candidate Bows Our of the Race; CNN Hero Rehabilitates Harbor Seals

Aired March 6, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN 10. A 10 minute explanation of world and sometime other worldly events. We strive to keep our news coverage objective but my feelings about Fridays are not. They're awesome and we've got some really interesting stories lined up for you this Friday including something later that we've been "meeming" to do for awhile. It all starts now with a picture. They say pictures are worth a thousand words. These are said to have 1.8 billion pixels and while it looks like a high resolution image of a desert landscape maybe in Utah. It's actually the desert landscape of Mars taken from Mars.

NASA has several active missions there. This panorama was captured by a rover named Curiosity. It's the key part of a $2.5 billion project to investigate the planets environment. What looks like one picture according to NASA is actually made up of 1,200 individual images that were taken over several days. Scientists can zoom in to see distant details. For instance, the rim of the crater that Curiosity is in, pan left and you can see another crater estimated to be three miles wide. An area that's rich in clay, unique features of the land, a cliff, it's all visible here and from the details we can see of the Curiosity rover itself a sundial is there to indicate what time of the sol it is.

Scientists call days on Mars sols. Each ones about 39 and a half minutes longer than each Earth day. You can also see the tracks the rover made through the martian dirt as it ambled across the planet's surface. The photos were taken around the time of last Thanksgiving. While NASA's employees were off enjoying turkey, the organization made Curiosity work, that is to say it gave the rover the command to take lots of pictures that could be stitched together to complete the panorama.

Back on Earth another campaign has been suspended among the Democrats seeking their party's nomination for president. Yesterday U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts dropped out of the race. Though she was once considered a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Warren didn't win any of the states that have held primaries or caucuses so far. Her decision leaves three Democrats still seeking the nomination former Vice-President Joe Biden, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. That group of three has been reduced from a total of 28 Democrats who were running at some point.

On the Republican side, there were a total of four candidates including incumbent President Donald Trump but only two remain and the president has dominated all of the Republican contests that have been held. The next big date on the primary calendar is next Tuesday, March 10th, six states will be holding Democratic primaries. Five of them will hold Republican primaries whoever wins the most delegates in all of these ongoing contests is likely to become his or her party's nominee for president.

10 Second Trivia. How many U.S. states have names with only one syllable? One, two, four or seven. Answer the Pine Tree State of Maine is the only state with one syllable.

And it's in that state that Linda Doughty found her life's calling. She helps rehabilitate one of the most common marine mammals along the U.S.

east coast, the harbor seal. Here's why Doughty's a CNN Hero. Though she worked with a number of conservation groups in the past, many of them kept having to close down because they lost funding. So Doughty started her own and today we're spending a few minutes with Marine Mammals of Maine.


LINDA DOUGHTY: Growing up on the coast of Maine I was exposed to marine mammals and wildlife in general. Since our local area's really surrounded by water, we do a lot of things on the ocean. You see seals doing their thing and I just remember being so amazed. What I love about seals is they really look similar to dogs and they also are really charismatic. It's really neat to see them in their natural environment and their very curious in general. These animals are special to me so I ended up becoming a marine biologist.

I would say the biggest threat to these animals is human impacts. We may have an animal that may have been entangled or hit by a boat or injured from a prop wound. With the increase of the human activity on beaches, these animals don't get time to rest and regain their energy. Taking selfies with seals can actually cause a lot of stress and harm for that animal. When harbor seal pups are born, they stay with their mom with about four weeks. Mom usually goes off to forage for food and then come back again.

If there's any human involvement, if there's people that are around that pup or pickup and move that pup the mom may not come back. And once that abandoned in the (inaudible), that seal pup's not going to survive. Over the years, non-profits and state agencies for marine animal response and rescue either close down or loss funding. So that's where I decided we're going to help. Good morning Miss 264. Our organization runs a 24 hour reporting hotline for marine mammal strandings. One eighty-four is currently the one that's upside down.

We cover approximately 2,500 miles along the coast of Maine. Most of the animals that we respond to is about 90 percent seals. We only intervene if needed. When an animal comes into our center, we usually take blood, start an IV and get a whole kind of diagnostics of what the animal's dealing with and come up with a medical plan. So he's on key (ph) therapy for today to try and break up some of this pneumonia that he has. We can provide long term care for four animals at a time. It's been now 20 years that I've been doing this but it seems like I just started yesterday and the feeling has not changed me. I love it now more than ever. I can't imagine there not being a place in the state of Maine for these animals to have a chance to be cared for and I will do that as long as I can.


AZUZ: So one of many things I never saw coming when I started anchoring were the memes that you guys would make. My staff has picked out a few of them, mostly from Twitter and I'm going to tell you what I think. So here we go. What's Carl thinking about? He's probably a little concerned about the memes we're going to show you and that would be why. Why am I dressed like Mr. Peanut? I need to keep an eye out for a monocle like that one.

Oh my, hey this looks like Mario's delivering your pizza. Hey guys we "pepperoneed" more food puns.

Wow this one is awesome. I should probably say it rules. What else do we got? Yeah baby. "Pundiana Jones" check it. It's kind of like Raiders of the Lost Dork. Oh I remember this one. I think the person who tweeted it asked who wore it best. I totally think I did. That's not a knock on Timberlake. It's just that I didn't need it to be the 90s to rock that sweet turtleneck. OK. I've actually seen this one too. This is truly a work of art. I think they ought to name it "Monazuza". I got to say that was pretty "meme" of you. I wonder if those were made by a "meme girls" or "meme machines".

Maybe they were "memeufffactured" on "meme" streets. I could say this "memes" war but I don't have the "memes" to fight back so by all "memes" if you find "memeing" or making "memes" of "meme" or someone else. There's probably something "ridmemeing" with all of them. I'm Carl Azuz. We're going back to Maine before we leave to say hello to Brunswick Junior High School. It's the Maine event in Brunswick, Maine. We hope you and everyone around the world has a great weekend from all of us here at CNN.