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>> the mayor of jackson, mississippi, with an ominous warning. flooding in parts of the state capital. a federal judge has indicated she's likely to grant a request from the former president's legal team to appoint an independent legal expert or special master to review evidence taken to an fbi search of donald trump's sprawling mar-a-lago estate. a hearing for a final decision scheduled for thursday. the application for a special master is seen by many experts has have nothing legal benefit and it's possibly a delaying tactic. meantime, the director of national intelligence will advise senior lawmakers on the potential risk to national security posed by top secret documents being kept in trump's florida residence.
>> reporter: cnn has learned that director of national intelligence avril haines confirmed to lawmakers the intelligence community is working together with the justice department to review all relevant documents that have been retrieved from former president trump's florida home, mar-a-lago. in a letter to the house oversight and house and senate intelligence committees, haines said her office and doj are conducting a classification review of the relevant materials, including those recovered during the search of mar-a-lago earlier this month. she also noted the intel community will conduct, quote, an assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents. her letter did come after several lawmakers had called for the intel community to carry out precisely this kind of damage assessment, and it was sent the same day that the fbi affidavit was released that revealed that trump had kept documents at his home that appeared to include information about human sources and other extremely sensitive intelligence sources and methods. according to that affidavit, the
fbi's preliminary review of 15 boxes that trump returned earlier this year revealed that 184 of the documents contained classified markings, including 67 marked as confidential, 92 marked as secret, 25 marked as top secret. some of the documents retrieved even had hcs markings, which according to odni are designed to protect "exceptionally fragile and unique human intelligence operations and methods." trump and his allies have given numerous and sometimes conflicting explanations for why he kept the documents, including that the former president had issued some kind of blanket declassification order before he left office. now the fbi did acknowledge that argument in the affidavit, but the rest of that section is redacted so it is not yet clear why they cited it. natasha berger ren, cnn, washington. ongoing shelling around ukraine's zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant continue to raise
fears of a nuclear disaster. the facility remains under russian control while ukraine technicians keep the nuclear plant in operation. thursday it was knocked off a power grid for the day. artillery fire is being blamed. the head of the international atomic energy agency says he hopes to lead a team of experts to the site within days. meantime, anthony roggerio spoke to cnn about what's needed to keep the plant safe. >> what we really need is we need some kind of demilitarized zone around that nuclear power plant. so that we don't go toward an ecological or humanitarian disaster. nuclear power plants are not military bases. that's what the russians are trying to use it as. it's not a military base, it shouldn't be a military base. >> the latest now live from criterion done. cnn's selma abdelaziz.
what more is known about the specific timing of an iaea visit, and how crucial is it that this inspection happen as soon as possible? >> this is an absolutely critical inspection, one that ukraine has been pleading for for weeks now. they want to see those inspectors on the ground, and that is expected this week so that they could take a look at what's happening inside, get an understanding of the situation on the ground, get an understanding of the safety aspect, of course, of this all-important nuclear power plant. now, the russians for their part say they will welcome these inspectors, but they're not going to pull out of that plant, they're not going to pull out of that area and create a demilitarized zone which is what was requested by ukraine. all of this has ramped up in recent days, john. in the last 24 hours alone, ukraine has accused russia of repeatedly shelling the area around that location, the complex of this nuclear power plant. russia, for its part, has turned those accusations on ukraine itself and says ukraine is actually to blame, it is the ukrainian military that is shelling this area.
let's remember where it is in the battlefield here, john. this nuclear power plant was seized by russian forces in march, in recent weeks. ukraine says russian troops have been using it essentially as a military base, firing upon ukrainian positions, using it as an artillery hub, knowing full well that ukrainian forces can't fire back without risking the possibility of nuclear disaster. that specter was really raised in recent days when that power plant was cut off from the main electricity grid. and the emergency system was triggered for the first time in it history to keep those nuclear reactors cool. president zelenskyy has spoken on this several times saying that that possibility of nuclear disaster is a very real possibility as long as this plant remains under russian control. so all eyes on the possibility of the next few days, during the course of this week, of those inspectors arriving on the ground, providing a clear assessment of what needs to happen, but then you still have
these pleas, these calls, look, a nuclear power plant can't be part of the front line. right, john? >> the first time an active nuclear power plant has been part of an active hot zone war, and this is not a good situation for anybody. selma abdelaziz live in london. to kyiv, the former ukrainian defense minister who is also chairman of the center for strategy. thank you for being with us. i'd like to begin with the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. how precarious is the situation right now? it's back on the grid, but for how long? >> no one knows because russians are desperately trying to use that occupation of the power plant as a weapon. and of course, this is something new to humanity. because this is something we've never seen before. and i believe they're deciding what they're going to do as we speak. and so, yes, the situation is
still quite unstable. >> you've argued for the need for a counteroffensive to take place sooner rather than later. but it would seem that ukraine lacks the number of combat-ready troops. there's no evidence of a troop buildup on the front lines. no signs of additional military vehicles or armor heading toward the front. ukraine certainly lacks the manpower and the hardware at least for a counteroffensive in the traditional sense, right? >> yes, we do have manpower, the key problem is weapons. we still don't have enough weapons, which we've been asking to provide us. that includes artillery and multiple rocket launches, most of all. that's something which is still we don't have in sufficient numbers. but from the other side, we need to understand a counteroffensive may not take place in the traditional sense. what we do right now, we decrease the capacity and capabilities of the enemy, of russia, and as soon as we see
that this is a degree sufficiently enough, we can do the next step. but currently we are destroying their weapons, destroying their positions, on a daily basis. including in the kherson area. >> do you have enough combat-ready troops for an offensive like that? >> yes. yes, we do have manpower, we will have troops ready, absolutely. yeah. so it's all about the weapons. but also, it's about the tactic. the tactic may not be as a large, decisive battle. the tactic may be a series of attacks, a large series of attacks, a multitude of attacks which would be decreasing their battlefield potential and their capabilities in the area. >> putin's strategy seems to be to try to turn this conflict into some kind of frozen conflict, if you like, both sides bogged down, going nowhere, and that is where it stays. what's the time frame for ukraine to begin that operation
to continue to have a real shot at actually pushing back the russians, retaking territory? how long do you have? >> we have time within a month, i would say. but statement, of course, we want to use that window of opportunity which we have. but at the same time, we have to play safe. to be honest, it's more important that we do it right than we do it sooner. >> if this operation is launched and it is not successful, how much damage could be done? >> well, that's the problem, right? so ukrainian people are looking very attentively at the -- at this safe way of approaching these things, as safe as possible. so obviously our commanders understand that they need to make sure that as soon as we start to move troops in, russians don't have a sufficient way of -- like firepower support to stop it. so we need to address their
capabilities in the area first. that's what takes place right now. >> and there's a lot of talk from the united states, from the european union, nato, about standing with ukraine, in it for the long haul. do you have concerns, though, that come record-high energy prices, maybe even power cuts across europe, that that unity with europe may eventually begin to crack? how much of a factor is that for ukrainian military planners in terms of timing? >> what we would like to see is that europe understands basically or european politicians understand the best way to return to the normal life, and we want to return to the normal life more than anyone else -- the best way is actually to win the war. so it's not like to find some other solution, because russians are resolved, so far, to keep fighting, to keep trying to occupy more of ukraine. and of course, we understand that europe may be tired. but let's just get us all weapons we ask, and then we can
deliver better results and actually finish it. finish it by pushing russians out, or at least changing dynamics substantiality so that they start to retreat. we have seen them retreating from other regions of ukraine, so it's possible, doable. we did that before. we've liberated a very substantial amount of territory. so we can do it again. but we do nooet need weapons for that. >> very quickly, define winning the war. what does it look like? >> well, first of all, it's clearing the area which they occupied since 24th of february this year. so that's a first. of course, we'll be looking further. but at minimum, we need to do that. if that happens, we clearly will see the massive change of the dynamic, and to a great number of areas, it would be returned to the normal life. >> andre, thank you so much for being with us, we appreciate it. >> thank you. two u.s. navy cruisers are
passing through a routine transit, a course which the u.s. says is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal state in accordance with international law. in the past, beijing has loudly protested when u.s. warships transited through the taiwan straits. this time beijing said it's monitoring it, ready to thwart any provocation. u.s. military says the movements demonstrate the american commitment to a free and open indo-pacific. tensions have been high in the region after a visit to taiwan by u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi earlier this month. china responded to that visit by holding military live fire exercises around the island. libya's worst violence in years. deadly clashes raising fears the country may be spiraling toward greater turmoil. calls growing louder for the nicaraguan government to release priests and other critics being detained for alleged subversive action. only the sleep number 360®
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libya's health ministry says the clashes killed at least 23, injured 140. u.n. mission in libya says neighborhoods were hit by shelling, destroying dozens of buildings and homes. for more, live from london. has the violence been a sort of slow boil for some time? >> reporter: it certainly isn't the first time we've seen this sort of violence in the capital in tripoli. but it really has intensified over the last few days, and it has come off the back of a month-long political stalemate between rival factions in the east and the west. in tripoli you have the u.n.-backed, internationally recognized government of national unity led by the prime minister. in the east you have a rival administration which has essentially appointed its own prime minister. tensions between these two rival administrations have been bubbling over the last few months. back in may, we saw one side attempting to seize control of tripoli, a failed attempt.
over the last few weeks, we've seen his forces mobilizing in the capital. on saturday, we saw those tensions really coming to a head. clashes between the two rival factions using small arms fire, machine guns, even mortars being destroyed in some central parts of the capital. and there are real concerns now this could publish yeah back into a state of sustained violence between these two rival factions. while there are concerns around the political fallout over this latest round of violence, there are more immediate, devastating implications and consequences from these clashes as you laid out there. at least 23 people killed. more than 140 injured. we heard from libyan red crescent that they have been engaged in evacuating civilians living in areas directly impacted by this violence. even hospitals being forced to evacuate patients from their wards and return them to their families for fear of nearby clashes.
we've heard from the united nations calling for a return to peace, a return to open political dialogue between these two factions. but we also yesterday heard from the gnu lead are. he shared a video late last night of him visiting his allied forces and troops incommended t the capital, in his words, for defending the country. he commemorated those who lost their lives and says gnu remains committed to democrat i think elections. he also issued a strong warning to members of the opposition. he said the time for political coups is long gone. he also said that anybody accompanying to seize power of tripoli, to take control of the country by any means other than a democratic election, would meet his fighters in the field. >> noah bashir live in london, thank you for that. among 20 new cardials
appointed by the pope, vatican watchers say after this weekend the pope will have chosen 83 out of the 130 cardinals qualified to elect a new pope people who would choose his successor. one american, san diego's bishop mcelroy, who may retire. he suffers knee pain from sciatica and has been seen using a wheelchair. international concern over nica nicaragua's crackdown over civilian organizations, including rivals, and the catholic church. >> reporter: a cry of pain is rising from the pulpits across the americas, from costa rica to miami. >> translator: let the prisoners go. my thoughts go to my brother, bishop alvarez, who is wrongfully detained, and all the
priests behind bars in nicaragua. >> reporter: the detention of bishop alvarez, a nicaraguan creditism of the government of ortega, is the latest in a crackdown against ortega opponents. the media, now the church. catholic radio stations have been shut down. nuns, including mother teresa's missionaries of charity, expelled. before reefti iarresting the bishop, nicaraguan police stood guard outside his residence for two weeks preventing him leaving. the government accuses alvarez of subversive actions and says the detention was necessary. calls to release the bishop and seven other clergymen arrested with him are mostly coming from abroad. that's because at home, dissent can lead to arrest. the tension between the church and the government began in 2018 when the clergy acted as mediator during an intense wave anti-government protests.
ortega has moved against opponents with brutal efficiency. in 2021, he won a fifth presidential mandate almost unopposed. his main rivals either jailed or exiled. the church, critics say, is the only institution standing up to the government after political parties and a free press have been quashed. marta sanchez knows this reality from experience. she used to work for a television station run by bishop alvarez. >> translator: he asked me to be in charge of the news because the government censorship on traditional media was rampant. he saw our role as much more important than just spreading the gospel. >> reporter: in 2019, sanchez says she had to flee the country due to government repression. she now lives in costa rica. when she found out the bishop was being arrested, she was sad but not surprised. pope francis has expressed concern for the church in nicaragua and called for dialogue to resolve conflicts in
the country. but for those in exile like gabrielle, a catholic teacher who's served prison time for taking part in protests, the vatican just seems too distant. >> translator: holy father, we pray you, step in. >> reporter: bishop alvarez is currently under house arrest in nicaragua's capital. will he appear in front of a court, or like so many who dare to question, will he be forced to leave the country? at least 14 police officers hurt as thousands of people crowded the streets of buenos aries to show support for former president and current vice president decuchna. local media reports four protesters were arrested. fernandez decuchner spoke to
reporters near her home once the march was over. >> translator: finally, i want to thank you and to ask you to have a rest. as it was a long day, a long day. i love you a lot. >> this protest comes days after prosecutors called for fernandez to be sentenced to 12 years in prison and banned from public office for corruption while she was president. brazil's presidential campaign is in full swing, and we know this because president jair bolsonaro was seen riding a horse around the arena during latin america's biggest cowboy festival. he thanked brazil's agriculture agency for helping put the country on the global stage. bolsonaro will face off with lulu da silva. they will debate sunday night. 3,000-year-old egyptian artifact turned up in the port of memphis. the ancient egyptian capital, no, the one in the u.s. state of
tennessee. experts determined the stone culture is a jar used to hold a mummy's liver. custom officials seized the artifact after the conflicting person made conflicting statements about what it was worth. homeland security is investigating the shipment and the mummy's liver. looking to grab one of the most famous photos of the 20th century. the original image of a scowling prime minister winston churchill had hung for decades in a hotel in ottawa before someone apparently swapped it out for a copy. it was shot in 1941 by a famous photographer. staff spent months before discover the fake. a lot more news in a short moment. for those watching cnn international, "inside africa" is up next.
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welcome back to viewers in the united states and canada. i'm john vause. you're watching "cnn newsroom." following dramatic new details over the top secret documents seized from donald trump's florida mansion. a trump-appointed federal judge has scheduled a hearing for thursday to consider the former president's request for a special mast tore oversee the fbi's review of evidence seizes at mar-a-lago. the judge put the parties on notice that she had a preliminary intent to appoint trump's demand for this special master and independent expert, a third party attorney, who would filter out privileged material
seized during the search. the u.s. national intelligence officials are conducting a damage assessment to determine if national security was put at risk. cnn has obtained a letter sent by the director of national alleges, avril haines, to lawmakers alerting them the assessment was under way. friday the justice department released the heavily redacted affidavit which led to the search of mar-a-lago. details on why the feds wanted to take this unprecedented action. the fbi said it had probable cause to believe classified national security materials were taken to unauthorized locations at the resort. the affidavit had specifics about the 184 classified documents retrieved in january, notably before this month's fbi search. 67 were marked confidential. 92 marked secret, 25 marked top secret. donald trump's former white house press secretary is warning about why mishandling the materials at mar-a-lago could be so dangerous.
>> everybody wants to know, how does this affect me? bottom line. i've been really disappointed to see a lot of my republican colleagues downplaying it saying, oh, they only found documents. i'm not sure what they were expecting. but right now, if this very second there are people in our country and around this world who are protecting us, they are undercover. they're protecting us. whether working for an intelligence agency or the military. they are in dangerous situations all the time, protecting us from things that we have no idea about. and the fact that there were documents there that could blow these people's cover, it should worry people. because it puts your families at risk. so i think that's something for people to really try to understand. it's not just some documents that were thrown in a box. these are people's lives. these are the lives of people's families. rivers continue to rise higher in mississippi.
governor tate reeves declared a state of emergency saturday in anticipation of more heavy rains and more flooding to follow. the river which runs through the heart of jackson, the state capital, expected to rise to at least 36 feet by monday. jackson's mayor had a dire warning. >> if you are capable of getting out now, get out now. get out as soon as possible. to prevent any incident or challenge with people trying to leave the area all at once. it is possible for approximately 100 to 150 homes to be impacted by this year's event. >> for more, cnn meteorologist derek van dam live with the latest. this warning, initially 25 feet, 32 feet, now 36 feet? this keeps going up. >> yeah, and the other most important information here is that the crest of this river and
to major flood stage is going to occur about 24 hours earlier than what was previously forecast yesterday. so we've been closely monitoring this projected cresting time. we anticipate it monday evening. that was yesterday. so looking at the latest river gauge, you can see that this is actually a forecast to crest later this evening and into early monday morning for this particular area. so that is going to put some of the vulnerable homes that the mayor of jackson was just talking about at risk here tonight and into the early morning hours of monday. so this is something we need to monitor very quickly. current level of this river, the pearl river, downtown jackson, is at 35.11 feet. again, it is forecast to crest at 36 neat. that is why we have the flood warnings for pearl river, this longer line that runs all the way into the gulf of mexico. so the surrounding rivers and tributaries, basically all that water from earlier this week flooding into the larger river,
being the pearl river. and of course the water's got to go somewhere. we're going to see that cresting take place here again within the next 12 to 24 hours. you can see the forecast radar bubbling up with a few showers and thunderstorms. the flash flood threat has diminished because there isn't excessive rainfall in the forecast today. there still could be scattered showers today that we don't need because we've had so much rain this week, some areas over 10 inches of rain across central mississippi into louisiana and eastern texas since sunday of last week. the weather prediction center has our flash flood threat removed from this area, but shifted into the florida panhandle. you can see that as not included within this marginal rick of flash flooding. but river flooding, esthat's ongoing and it will continue, especially as the water flows into some of those larger rivers like the pearl river. i want to show you this. this was important. we've been saying it. we expected the atlantic
tropical basin to really start getting more active, and it has done so. the latest 2:00 a.m. update from the national hurricane center has upped the chances of this particular disturbance over the central atlantic to give it a 60% chance tropical development going forward in the next five days. that's important because you can see the trajectory, looks like it's headed to the leeward islands. where does it go from here? it will impact the united states, bahamas? time will tell, computer modes differing, but we'll keep a close eye. >> seems like that is what we've been waiting to see, unfortunately. derek van dam with the very latest. dire flooding in pakistan. over 1,000 people dead. that includes 348 children. 33 million in total affected by the rising waters. pakistan's minister for climate change posted this video online. officials told her that bridge was built five meters higher than the one destroyed 12 years
ago in a super flood. she says these current floods are a climate-induced problem. taliban officials say hundreds have been injured and thousands of homes destroyed. they're appealing to aid organizations to send emergency assistance and long-term aid. while many places are dealing with flooding, others are dealing with a different weather extreme, drought, making life difficult, because uncovering ancient treasures. cnn's michael holmes has that story. >> reporter: one of europe's largest rivers, the rhine in germany, shallow. millions in the horn of africa facing starvation, aid agencies warn. from europe to the americas to africa to northern asia, extreme heat waves and little rain is impacting communities thousands
of kilometers apart. after a month or more of unrelenting droughts across much of the northern hemisphere. amid the global hardship and scenes of devastation, blistering temperatures and water shortages are revealing prehistoric secrets. >> i saw claw marks. >> reporter: emerging from the receding waters of the biloxi river in texas, dinosaur tracks thought to be 113 million years old. the prints have been long period of time by sediment underwater, but amid ongoing drought in the southern u.s. state, they are now visible for what is likely the first time. >> it's kind of a double-edged sword. without the river, we wouldn't be able to see them. once they're exposed, that's when they start to degrade, just like any other rocks. they're going to break down over time. >> reporter: another ancient site revealed in a diminished reservoir in spain as the country battles its worst drought in decades. dubbed the spanish stonehenge,
this vrlly arranged stone formation is thought to be created by humans roughly 7,000 years ago. and as drought drags on in china, another rare sight, receding waters of the yangtze river uncovering ancient buddhist statues thought to be hundreds of years old. >> translator: i think the reason why our ancestors built this was because they wanted to pray for a peaceful world and a beautiful country. i hope that wish can be passed on forever. i hope the water levels can go up and naturally and we may have a peaceful world and country. >> reporter: blistering temperatures and water scarcity wreaking havoc. one consolation for millions who are suffering in the new extremes of an increasingly warming world. michael holmes, cnn. when we come back, they're caught up in political games in the united states between red states and blue states.
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welcome back. in what is perhaps one of the most heartless legal stunts in recent times, the governor of texas has sent nearly 9,000 migrants to new york city and ward in recent months, a not so subtle criticism of the biden administration's immigration policies. governor greg abbott says it gives relief to an overwhelmed border community in his state and says the white house is ultimately to blame for refusing to secure the border. what about the migrants themselves? the people, how are they coping with an arduous move? cnn's paula sandoval spoke with members of a venezuelan family that was bused to new york. >> reporter: the number of families seeking asylum in new york city, it is a number that continues to grow. meanwhile, many of these fa families are quickly learning the hardships they've
experienced, they are far from over even after arriving in new york city. to get an idea of what many of the people stepping off these border buses in new york city have experienced, just look at the images they're willing to share. this video taken by baez and his partner annabelle earlier this summer. the young venezuelan couple kept a video diary during their two month, ten country journey from lima, peru, to new york city. they carried only a few belongings on their backs and occasionally their 6 and 9-year-olds as they trekked through the infamous darian gap linking south and central america. it's a place where the northerly path for many migrants often ends in tragedy. but not for this family. during the rest of their journey
north, they swaddled their dog, max, still a pup at the time, like a baby to sneak him onto buses and into hotels, fearing they would be separated. but the actual blood, sweat, and tears were all worth it for this moment as they recount. the day they waded across the rio grande. and onto u.s. soil for the first time officially requesting asylum. after a brief stop in texas, it was onto a bus and the three-day drive to new york city where they wait for their asylum cases to be heard. what was your first impression of new york? annabelle tells me reality set in once they reached the urban jungle that is their new home. that as much as they want to start earning a living, they can't. they're among the thousands of recently arrived migrants who have to petition for a work
permit after submitting asylum applications. it's a process that is taking up to a year, according to new york city leaders. guzman says he hopes the government can help him be a better provider for his family. but more than anything else, he's pleading for the federal government to free his hands of the red tame that's keeping him from working legally. >> most of the families i've spoken to, they want to get to work. they don't want to stay in shelters, they want to contribute to society. >> reporter: immigration affairs commissioner manuel castro, an immigrant himself, echoing calls for a fast-track solution. >> immigration advocates across the country are calling on the federal government to make it easier and make it quicker for asylum seekers to obtain their work permits. that's by far the biggest obstacle. >> reporter: the family says they won't risk their asylum cases by working off the books. they'll have to depend on the city's already strained shelter system until they can get the
government's green light to start living their american dream. new york governor hochul expressing interest in assisting these migrants, also calling on president joe biden to issue some form of executive action that would allow her to do that. these families certainly well aware of the fact that the sooner they can provide for themselves, the sooner they can pull themselves out of the new york city shelter system that is already nearly at capacity. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. when we come back, just over a day away from the planned launch of the first mission of the artemis 1. we'll have a preview of the mission heading to the moon, and ultimately beyond. your partner's head toto help. our smart sleepers get 28 minutes more restful sleep p pr night. don't miss our labor day weekekend special. save 50% on the sleep number 360® limited d edition smart bed. ends labor day. yes, i'm a beleliever. always have been, and i tell my granddaughters, take care of yourselves you never know.
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years ago with apollo. a sprint to the moon and a photo opportunity, selfies, if you will as we call them today. the idea is to build an outpost and learn to you to live in space at some distance away. going to mars is a quantum leap beyond that. the distance is greater. the radiation exposure to the crew is greater. and we really don't know how to do it. we don't even know how to do the entry, descent, and landing for the amount of mass we need to get on the planet in a practical way. there's so many unanswered questions that need to be addressed, including whether we're going to go to mars on these traditional chemical rockets, or if we will build some more advanced propulsion, perhaps with a nuclear power plant, that will get us there much faster and allow the astronauts to be ier shape when they finally get to the surface of mars. >> the full interview with miles o'brien a few hours from now.
stay with us on cnn. the artemis 1 won't touch down on this mission, won't have any astronauts at all. nasa hopes future missions will put astronauts back on the moon. >> reporter: it's been a long time since nasa's had its own candle to light. >> liftoff! >> reporter: 11 years since the last space shuttle launch. 50 years since the last launch of the apollo program. >> the "challenger" has landed! >> reporter: now apollo's mythological twin sister, artemis, is on the launch pad and ready to fly. >> for all of us who gaze up at the moon dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. >> reporter: the artemis rocket, sls, is years behind schedule, billions over budget. but also the most powerful rocket ever built. it's designed to launch people even deeper into space than the moon. >> our sights are not set on the
moon. our sights are set clearly on mars. >> reporter: but first it has to pass this uncrewed test flight. with only mannequins on board. artemis 1 will launch from the kennedy space center in florida. mission control is at the johnson space center in houston, texas. >> this is apollo control, houston. >> reporter: the same place that controlled every apollo and shuttle mission. >> this is where it all happens as far as human spaceflight. >> reporter: rick labrote is in charge as lead flight director. his team have been training in this room, for this moment, for over three years. >> when flight day comes, it's a whole different ball game. it's when it really gets real. >> reporter: after launch the sls rocket will separate from the orion crew capsule on top. orion will fly 250,000 miles to the moon, then 40,000 miles beyond, farther than any spacecraft designed to carry humans has ever flown. >> we're going to swing by the moon. when we swing by it on the way
there, we're going to be 60 miles off the surface. it's going to be incredible. the pictures that we get as we go by are going to be really impressive. >> reporter: after orbiting the moon for more than two weeks, orion will head back to earth, hitting speeds around 25,000 miles per hour and temperatures half the surface of the sun, something engineers can't replicate here on earth. >> the number one highest priority for our mission is actually to test the heat shield. >> liftoff of shuttle "columbia" -- >> >> reporter: a damaged heat speed that caused "columbia" to burn up on re-entry, killing astronauts. so this testing is crucial. >> it's exciting but a stepping stone, a milestone, to getting humans back in the vicinity of the man. and that is awesome. >> reporter: victor glover is one of more 40 astronauts in the running to fly on artemis 2 and artemis 3, which will land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon. >> we explore for all people, but now we can actually say we explore with all people.
>> reporter: as of now, weather conditions are 70% favorable for launch on monday according to the u.s. space force. but this is florida in august. there are tons of thunderstorms. and today we got a really bad one rolling through the deputy space center. it was so bad that lightning actually hit the launch pad with the artemis rocket sitting on top of it. and a nasa official says lightning towers around the launch pad appeared to do their job and protect the rocket. but there is a team assessing if there was any damage. we hope to get an answer if that will impact whether or not this rocket can indeed attempt its first flight on monday. kristin fisher, cnn, at the kennedy space center. thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm john vause. stay with us. more news in about three minutes from now. ♪
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around the world. i'm john vause here in los angeles. ahead here, what was found at donald trump's private home. why director of national intelligence is looking at the classified documents. and also a dangerous and deadly job, we'll look at the efforts of clearing isolated munitions in ukraine's active warzone. and get out now, the warning from a city mayor ahead of record-breaking flooding i