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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chilean Miners Rescued.

If you have watched the new in the last 24 hours, or for that matter in the last 69 days, you should be aware of the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped in a mine since August.  Last night, just around midnight in Chile, the first miner was rescued.  I was able to watch a little bit of the footage last evening and suggest that you take a look yourself.  Below is a clip of the second miner emerging full of spirit and excitement!  He actually brought up a box of rocks to give as gifts to the people standing by including his wife and the President of Chile.  Watch below to see the final stage of his rescue!

This photograph shows the "Fenix"  (Phoenix in english) or the capsule in which the miners traveled to the surface.

(photo by the Associated Foreign Press from http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/World/-/688340/1031742/-/10errwy/-/)

This is that second miner again, Mario Sepulveda right after he emerged!

(AP Photo/Hugo Infante, Government of Chile)

This is the ninth miner rescued.  Mario Gomez.

(Picture from the AP)

So what did the miners have to deal with while they were down there?

They were 33 of them trapped about 2000 feet below the surface.  They were there for 69 days and emerged in a capsule about 22 inches wide.  

A video from CNN:

A video from inside the "escape" tunnel from CNN:

This an interview with some of the Americans that helped with the rescue effort from CNN.  Never doubt that mathematics comes in handy and useful.  Their knowledge of engineering and complex mathematics is what enabled them to save these lives.  Every component of the rescue involved math, science, social studies and language arts.  YOU could use your knowledge to save lives some day!!!!

Celebrate life my friends!  An amazing this has happened in the last 24 hours.  Technology, hard work, skill, and the human spirit combined to save lives in a truly inspiring manner!

(Associated Foreign Press/ Getty Images)  Mario Sepulveda and the first lady of Chile, Cecelia Morel while the President and rescuers look on.

-Miss K  :)

1 comment:

  1. We were watching this in social studies as they pulled out the 20th miner!