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Old 10-13-10, 07:21 AM   #1
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2000 feet in 69 days. What a climb.

Congrats on a successful rescue so far Chile! Incredible story.
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Old 10-13-10, 08:09 AM   #2
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No kidding. Awesome work by the drillers to rescue those miners.

I hope those miners get like three months of paid vacation.
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Old 10-13-10, 08:24 AM   #3
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I was shocked to see how energetic that first guy was coming out of the ground.
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Old 10-13-10, 11:23 AM   #4
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They've been getting food delivered (from NASA, according to the press) and everything down there for about 40-50 of the last 69 days. They've even been working out a little down there (to make sure they all fit in the capsule, and generally keep fit). So they should be OK for energy, and the sunlight won't even freak them out with the dark glasses. They even sent sweaters down to keep them warm when they come out. The Chileans and their helpers really did their homework here. It's great to see them getting pulled out in such great shape... and a couple of months sooner than the first estimates. It'll be a special Christmas for those guys, for sure.
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They've been getting food delivered (from NASA, according to the press) and everything down there for about 40-50 of the last 69 days. They've even been working out a little down there (to make sure they all fit in the capsule, and generally keep fit). So they should be OK for energy, and the sunlight won't even freak them out with the dark glasses. They even sent sweaters down to keep them warm when they come out. The Chileans and their helpers really did their homework here. It's great to see them getting pulled out in such great shape... and a couple of months sooner than the first estimates. It'll be a special Christmas for those guys, for sure.
I'd say so. (Did it actually happen this way? I don't see any recent articles about it)
From an August story:

The first step will be to drill a "pilot hole" similar in size to the other three. Then much larger machine cutters will slowly grind through that hole, forcing crushed rock to fall down into the mine shaft area near the trapped men.

Failure to keep the bottom clear of debris could quickly plug the hole, delaying a rescue that officials say could take three to four months.

"The miners are going to have to take out all that material as it falls," Andres Sougarret, Codelco's head engineer on the operation, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

In all, the trapped miners will have to clear between 3,000 and 4,000 tons of rock, work that will require crews of about a half-dozen men working in shifts 24 hours a day.
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I'd say so. (Did it actually happen this way? I don't see any recent articles about it)
From an August story:

The first step will be to drill a "pilot hole" similar in size to the other three. Then much larger machine cutters will slowly grind through that hole, forcing crushed rock to fall down into the mine shaft area near the trapped men.

Failure to keep the bottom clear of debris could quickly plug the hole, delaying a rescue that officials say could take three to four months.

"The miners are going to have to take out all that material as it falls," Andres Sougarret, Codelco's head engineer on the operation, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

In all, the trapped miners will have to clear between 3,000 and 4,000 tons of rock, work that will require crews of about a half-dozen men working in shifts 24 hours a day.
I read more recently that they were working in shifts. But they have some mining equipment down there with them.
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Chile really did great in rescuing these people.
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It's nice to hear good news that no-one can deny. Astounding job.
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