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Space Agencies’ Role in Chilean Miners Rescue

20 Oct 2010, 17:57 UTC
Space Agencies’ Role in Chilean Miners Rescue
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Chile Miners: NASA to the Rescue (Source: ABC) The vastness of space is very different from the claustrophobic darkness of a Chilean mine. But when 33 men became trapped in the earth, Chile’s government asked for help from NASA, an organization whose specialty is leaving the earth. The Chile experience has been a ray of [...]

Chile Miners: NASA to the Rescue (Source: ABC)
The vastness of space is very different from the claustrophobic darkness of a Chilean mine. But when 33 men became trapped in the earth, Chile’s government asked for help from NASA, an organization whose specialty is leaving the earth. The Chile experience has been a ray of light for NASA, whose people may feel they sometimes are trapped in darkness themselves. While the agency has expertise that helped in the mining drama — for instance, how to take care of people in confined places (like astronauts) — its primary mission (where to send those astronauts next) has been muddled, the subject of acrimonious debate between the Obama administration and members of Congress.
The space agency provided Chile with two doctors, a psychologist and a team of engineers who provided advice on how to design the miners’ ...

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