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CNN10 2020-05-27

CNN 10

Today's Show Launches In Florida; Visiting A Ring Galaxy; Visit to an Icy Landscape and the Waters Around It

Aired May 27, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: I'm Carl Azuz and you've landed on CNN 10. This is one of three shows left to go in our spring broadcasting season and it starts with weather and space. The eastern coast of Florida is soggy. A tropical disturbance has been hovering there for days soaking some areas with between five and 10 inches of rain. On Tuesday more than 7 million people were under flood watches from Miami to the "space" coast and that could effect a historic launch planned for Wednesday. At 4:33 p.m., two astronauts are scheduled to take off from American soil. It will be the first time that's happened since NASA's space shuttle program ended nine years ago but NASA's not the only organization involved.

The spacecraft that will take the men into space was made by SpaceX. It's a private company that has received billions in funding from NASA and this will be the first time that a SpaceX vehicle has launched with astronauts aboard. Will the weather hold over Cape Canaveral, Florida?

Meteorologists say there's a good chance it will though rain along the flight path is a concern and afternoon thunderstorms are also possible. If for any reason the mission's postponed, officials say Saturday and Sunday afternoon could also work. If the mission's a success, SpaceX will be a step closer to getting final certification from NASA to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Currently that's done from Russia. NASA pays that country $86 million for each seat an astronaut gets aboard the Russian Soyuz capsule. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, launching from America, would cost around $55 million per seat. Even though the future of the International Space Station is uncertain, SpaceX could provide a platform for future U.S. space missions. So the upcoming Crew Dragon test flight will be watched by space stakeholders around the world. While we're on the subject of space - -(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

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AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Where would you find 90 percent of all the ice on Earth? Antarctica, Artic Circle, Greenland or Russia. Even though Russia's more than 1 million square miles larger, Antarctica contains 90 percent of the world's ice.

That's because an ice sheet almost completely covers Antarctica and as far as the waters around the continent are concerned, there's been an international effort to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, a giant protected area of Antarctic waters. Australia, France and the environmental group Greenpeace support these efforts but the sanctuary would ban fishing there and that's why China and Russia have opposed it.

The krill that are caught there, for example, are important for the marine life around Antarctica but people can also use them for supplements, oils and pet food. While efforts to create the sanctuary have failed, CNN's Arwa Damon succeeded in exploring the frozen continent.

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ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's an ethereal world that wake up to our first morning in the Antarctic. That sort of harsh yet captivating mystical beauty with penguins swimming and jumping in the waters right around our ship the Arctic Sunrise. It's so beautiful and quiet. You almost don't even want to speak above a whisper and there's two whales right there. This is absolutely unbelievable. See them? And as if the morning couldn't get more striking.

We are in the first week of a month long leg of a Greenpeace expedition that started in January. We started off in Punta Arenas, Chile before hitting the Drake Passage notorious for its huge swells and rough waters. It's day four and we're crossing through the Drake Passage and we're lucky because by the Drake Passage's standards, these are actually really calm waters. For many of the Greenpeace team onboard and us, this is a first.

Yes. I think it's a seal.

Before we head to shore, all equipment and clothing needs to be carefully (inaudible). It's quite interesting because when you look at it from the outside, it feels like it's this very harsh and - - and robust environment and yet it's incredibly sensitive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's really sensitive especially for non-native species.

DAMON: And we are off, heading toward Yankee Harbor. Oh, it's so weird to be on land again. Look at the seals. This tiny island like the rest of the massive landmass in the Antarctic is designated for scientific exploration and protected under the Antarctic Treaty. But that treaty does not extend to the Antarctic's waters, hence Greenpeace's mission. Even this regions most humorous of animals have their role in nature's equilibrium. There are still many unknowns and the more scientists uncover, the more questions arise but there is no doubt about the harmony here. One who's preservation is potentially linked to our very existence. Arwa Damon, CNN, the Antarctic.

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AZUZ: Since mid-March, it's been obvious that our set looks a lot less like our new studio and a lot more like my bookshelf. And if you saw our show last Thursday, you would have noticed it looked a lot more like the woods. But in this era of us media types broadcasting from home, there are quite a few critical eyes being cast on our backdrops so let's see how they're rating things.

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JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Whether it's a cat on a weather forecaster's lap - -

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That is a big cat.

MOOS: Or wallpaper.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At home - -

MOOS: So loud it makes your head hurt, these dispatches from home give viewers plenty to lead into.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've got the books, you seem very smart.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going for a prison library.

MOOS: Even a prison library wouldn't put up with Bill Crystal's (ph) messy books.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look at that. Color coded books. What should I read tonight? How about something blue?

MOOS: And viewers aren't just watching. Room Rater at Rate My Skype Room is judging.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's unhinged.

MOOS: The Room Rater gave Tom Freeman's (ph) backdrop four out of 10 saying it's like panic room meets after hours club. He gave Governor Christie zero.

GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: It's just a gratuitous shot.

MOOS: Repaint. Burn the furniture. Make masks from the drapes. Rater Claude Taylor (ph) has no interior design credentials. He's just creating - -

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lighthearted social distancing content.

MOOS: He picks up on toilet paper and crooked lampshades. Advises repositioned plant to block vent and when the Rater gave Ken Burns (ph), a nine for his attic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's certainty.

MOOS: Ken Burns (ph) himself let the Rater know it's a barn. Everybody's a critic.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wait, is this guy have a framed picture of himself?

MOOS: Yes. Crystal (inaudible) tells us it's a photo of his first appearance on CNN some 15 years ago. All of the home judging is enough to drive a reporter outside to clown around, but even outside isn't safe.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's not exactly clear - - it's a little windy out here Andrea (ph).

MOOS: We give the lights a 10 for falling so symmetrically. Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.

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AZUZ: Let's make that a CNN 10. So what could be said about my backdrop here? That what you see "Azuluz" you get. That my literary tastes are "Steinbecked" to basics. I kind of like my "Hillebrand" of bookings. It never gets "Fitzgeralded" and if I had the "Joyce" to make, I'd read into it cover to cover until folks stopped "Remarking" about it. I'm Carl Azuz. Oneida Nation High School is watching today from Oneida, Wisconsin. Thank you for checking out our show. CNN 10 returns tomorrow.

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