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NASA Helps Design Rescue Capsule for Chilean Miners

On October 13, 2010, 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped by a cave-in 2,300 feet underground for more than two months are rescued. When the first miner reaches the surface, NASA engineer Clint Cragg comments on the rescue capsule, which NASA helped design.

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    On October 13, 2010, 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped by a cave-in 2,300 feet underground for more than two months are rescued. When the first miner reaches the surface, NASA engineer Clint Cragg comments on the rescue capsule, which NASA helped design.

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    After the August 5, 2010, collapse of a gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners 2,300 feet underground, the Chilean government called on NASA for help. At the October 13 rescue of the miners, NASA medical doctor J.D. Polk describes how his team was able to apply space flight technology to help free the men who had been trapped for more than two months.

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    As rescue efforts are underway in Chile on October 13, 2010, to retrieve 33 miners who’ve been trapped underground since an August 5th cave-in, NASA astronauts make a call from the International Space Station to wish the miners well and congratulate the rescuers for a job well done. The Chilean government had called upon NASA to offer their expertise in dealing with the catastrophe.

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