In Camp Hope, the makeshift village started by family members of 33 trapped Chile miners, 10 weeks of anguish culminated in tears of joy as miners began to be hauled out overnight.
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.
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'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.
A drilling rig punched through to where 33 Chilean miners have been trapped for 66 days under the Chilean desert, raising cheers, tears and hopes on Saturday.
Chile mine rescue operation may free the first of 33 trapped miners by Sunday, the drilling company at the site tells the Monitor.
One month out, the Chilean miners are still trapped. The government's quick response to the tragedy has so far been a boon for new President Sebastian Piñera.
Chilean miners trapped nearly a half-mile underground will be home by Christmas, according to President Pinera. Some think this long estimate may be part of a political strategy aimed at avoiding disappointment.
The arrival of the Strata 950 on Monday evening was greeted with applause by the Chilean miners' families who have been camped outside the mine since it caved on Aug. 5.