Mining and engineering experts were welcomed from around the world to assist in the Chile mine rescue.
A journalist folds up his tent at the media camp during the rescue operation of trapped miners outside the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile. The 69-day underground ordeal reached its end Wednesday night after 33 trapped miners were hauled up in a cage through a narrow hole drilled through 2,000 feet of rock.
A person passes through morning sunlight shining through vented steam in a sidewalk in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Chile mine rescue updates are dominating worldwide headlines and lighting up social media as people share their excitement about the mission.
The Chile mine rescue effort is believed to be the deepest ever and the survivors have been underground longer than anyone who has made it out alive.
The 33 Chile miners could be rescued this evening. New concerns about safety standards at small mines could mean it will be harder for them to find work once the dust has settled.
An endangered black male rhinoceros, with its horn partially cut off, stands in a cage after a radio transmitter was implanted in its horn before translocation at the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya's Rift Valley on Tuesday. After implanting radio transmitters into the horns to track the animals, and notching their ears, Kenya Wildlife Service is moving 10 black rhinos to the Tsavo National Park, southeast of Nairobi, to reestablish the population.
With the Chile miners rescue set to begin Tuesday evening, concerns loom about how the 33 men will fare during their ride to the surface and upon their reentry to society.
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera embraces rescued miner Luis Urzua (r.) during a ceremony in Santiago Oct. 25, 2010, to honor the 33 miners who were trapped for over two months at the San Jose mine.
Chile mine rescue efforts have helped pull together a geographically disparate, class-conscious, and often individualistic country.