From the link: :uhh:http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/08/chile.trapped.miners/index.html?hpt=T2
It's pretty damned impressive...
Before anyone can be rescued, the hole must be widened so that the rescue capsule -- dubbed the Phoenix -- can land cleanly inside the tunnel without getting hung up on obstructions, Golborne said. To accomplish that, explosives will be lowered to the miners for use in widening the shaft, said Golborne, who expressed little concern that the subterranean pyrotechnics would pose any danger to the men.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/09/chile.trapped.miners/index.htmlCopiapo, Chile (CNN) -- A rescue drill has pierced the roof of an underground mine in Chile where 33 men have been trapped since August 5.
Chile's mining minister had said Friday afternoon that they hoped to reach the miners within a day.
"Hopefully before that," Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told reporters about the time when a rescue drill is expected to pierce the roof of the mine. At the time he spoke, it was 40 meters (about 130 feet) away. "Maybe tomorrow morning, early Saturday. We have to wait and see."
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They're going to Disneyland!Once the miners are rescued and reunited with their families what are going to do next? I doubt many of them will want to come back to mining. They still have to put food on the table. I hope it all works out for them.
Yeah, no kidding. The coverage of the rescue is just ridicules. There is more than a 1000 journalists at the scene; there are NASA astronauts and experts, even the Chile and Bolivian presidents are there to greet the miners. The whole world is hooked and watching intently.They're going to Disneyland!
Actually, that will come after the multi-million dollar movie deal. Once they get out, they are likely set for life.
I feel kinda bad for the guy who's, like, 27th. He'll come out, blinking in the sun. There'll be a few guys in orange jump suits operating the capsule, they immediately turn their attention to send it back down...the odd lama wanders by...Well it seems that the coverage is decreasing exponentially.
In an effort to lend a hand to rescue teams on the ground, Japan's space agency sent some "space underwear," candies and other Japanese sweets to the 33 trapped miners in Chile, according to news reports.
In late September, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency sent five sets of space underwear for each miner, as well as mint candies and other treats, according to the Associated Press.