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  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 10/25

    Chile's President Sebastian Pinera embraces rescued miner Luis Urzua, right, during a ceremony in La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, to honor the 33 miners who were trapped for over two months at the San Jose mine on Monday.

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  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 10/25

    Chile's President Sebastian Pinera embraces rescued miner Luis Urzua, right, during a ceremony in La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, to honor the 33 miners who were trapped for over two months at the San Jose mine on Monday.

  • Exhausted but happy, Chile miners' families savor heroic rescue

    Exhausted but happy, Chile miners' families savor heroic rescue

    With all 33 Chile miners rescued from the San Jose mine, families celebrated the end of 70 exhausting days – and quickly started to strike their camp and pack for home.

  • 5 reasons Chile mine rescue is so successful

    5 reasons Chile mine rescue is so successful

    Shortly after midnight on Oct. 13 in northern Chile (11:12 pm in New York City), Florencio Ávalos became the first of 33 miners to emerge from the Atacama Desert. An Aug. 5 cave-in blocked their exit from the gold and copper mine, and the trapped men were initially suspected dead when they were unable to contact the world for 17 days. Entombed a half-mile underground for a total of 69 days, the rescue mission united Chile, inspired the world, and succeeded in part because of the following five reasons.

  • Florencio Avalos is the first of 33 trapped miners to be lifted to the surface after the long awaited Chile mine rescue

    Florencio Avalos is the first of 33 trapped miners to be lifted to the surface after the long awaited Chile mine rescue

    Chile mine rescue: the first of the 33 trapped Chilean miners has been successfully rescued using a NASA-built escape capsule. Florencio Avalos greeted his family and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in an emotional celebration after being freed from a collapsed mine in Chile.

  • Chilean miners rescue: escape capsule begins rescue of trapped men

    Chilean miners rescue: escape capsule begins rescue of trapped men

    The 33 trapped Chilean miners are counting down the minutes to their rescue as the NASA-built escape capsule arrives at the rescue platform 622 meters underground.

  • Chile mine rescue: 5 final steps to freedom

    Chile mine rescue: 5 final steps to freedom

    It took 33 days to drill a 622-meter shaft down to the 33 trapped miners, completed Monday. Several steps remain before freedom comes to the men who have lived a half-mile under the Atacama Desert since a mine collapse on Aug. 5.

  • Trapped miners impress NASA team

    Trapped miners impress NASA team

    Trapped miners are similar to astronauts – held in confined spaces under dangerous conditions – so NASA sent scientists to the site of the Chilean mine collapse to advise officials there.