How NASA Helped Rescue the Chilean Miners

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Oct. 13, 2010: Trapped miner Victor Segovia reaches the surface to become the 15th to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo. Source: Reuters

The world has been transfixed by the rescue of 33 miners trapped nearly a kilometer (about a half a mile) underground, and seeing the men emerge from their 69-[day][3]-long ordeal has been emotional for everyone involved, as well as for those of us just watching from afar. But were it not for NASA, the rescue might not be going as smoothly and trouble-free as, thankfully, it has. NASA’s expertise in long duration [space][4] missions – which are similar in many respects to what the miners endured – as well as the space agency’s knowledge in specialized engineering and training for emergencies has been invaluable during the rescue operations. NASA provided suggestions regarding the rescue cages that were specially-designed to pull the trapped miners out of the narrow shaft that was drilled to rescue them, and also is providing on-site expert advice on medical, nutritional and behavioral health issues. (…) Read the rest of [How NASA Helped Rescue the Chilean Miners][5] (653 words)

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