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Old 10-13-2010, 12:36 PM   #21
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Any one else notice that open displays of tearfulness were remarkably absent compared to how it would be in the US? A commentator suggested that this was cultural.
You would never know given how many men's tears you see on telenovelas!

Maybe it's Chilean cultural.
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On the cnn feed it looks like there is a problem with the capsule closing correctly. It seems there was a mention of several rescue capsules having been constructed so I expect it can be swapped out if necessary.
The Spanish feed I was watching said it was just routine preventative maintenance. Now done and descending again.

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Balls of Steel is up next - he asked for both his wife and mistress to be present - seems his wife exercised some power and said unhunh. Wonder how long his life will be after reentry to the surface world.
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Balls of Steel is up next - he asked for both his wife and mistress to be present - seems his wife exercised some power and said unhunh. Wonder how long his life will be after reentry to the surface world.
It was pretty interesting to see the reunion between him and his wife. His wife was crying and seemed pretty happy to see him while his reaction was pretty reserved I thought. Maybe he's saving his happy reaction/tears for his girlfriend si?
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Super impressive in every weay. THE miners are amazingly strong, and the governemnt and I suppose teh mining company did a great job of constructing and operating a very simple but apparently effective system of escape.

Does anyone know if the ascent is made in darkness, or is there a small light in the capsule?

I wonder if these guys will be able to head back down in the future.

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There is a light atop the capsule.
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CNN has some video of the tunnel:

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Does anyone know if the ascent is made in darkness, or is there a small light in the capsule?

I believe the miners' helmets have a small light in the front, but that is all. However, they do have oxygen and a communication device if they run into trouble (ie. panic attacks).
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Balls of Steel is up next - he asked for both his wife and mistress to be present - seems his wife exercised some power and said unhunh. Wonder how long his life will be after reentry to the surface world.
Read on MSNBC that his wife is not pleased and plans to be AWOL when he surfaces. Things must have changed down there. When I was better aquainted with Latin mores about the only available woman many a guy didn't sleep with was his wife, at least after a few years and a few babies. He must have been one careful guy, as this extra relationship is 10 years old, and according to MSNBC, neither woman knew about the other till they met at the mine. No tell-tale text messages or foreign scents or suspicion arousing phone calls or unexplained absences. Or the women did know about it but they wisely don't want TV to wallow in that.

Also, glad to hear that there is light. That capsule sure looks confining. I guess miners tend not be claustrophobic, and I am glad about that!

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Amazing coverage! I was absolutely riveted to it last night and stayed up until #5 before I fell asleep, around 2 AM our time I think.

When I awakened this morning at 10 AM, I think they were pulling up #15. I watched until we went to lunch.

What a miracle that any of them at all were rescued alive!! And it looks like they may all be saved.
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They seem to be going faster. I think number 26 only took a little over 9 minutes to ascend! Keeping my fingers crossed! 7 to go plus 5 rescuers to go.

The capsule is looking pretty messy now.

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They seem to be going faster. I think number 26 only took a little over 9 minutes to ascend! Keeping my fingers crossed! 7 to go plus 5 rescuers to go.

The capsule is looking pretty messy now.

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You answered what I was going to ask- how many rescuers down there. With continued good fortune, I think they should all be out by midnight their time.

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The five (soon to be six) rescuers who volunteered to go down are the true heroes.
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The five (soon to be six) rescuers who volunteered to go down are the true heroes.
YES! That's exactly what I think!
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The five (soon to be six) rescuers who volunteered to go down are the true heroes.
Yup risking ones life to save others is pretty much the textbook definition of a hero. Especially the first couple of guys, how did they know they could get back to the surface.
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They are all heroes as far as I am concerned. A wonderful thing to be able to watch.

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Yup risking ones life to save others is pretty much the textbook definition of a hero. Especially the first couple of guys, how did they know they could get back to the surface.
All of five of 'em, for, God forbid, anything could still go wrong, from catastrophic equipment failure, a cave-in of the Plan B rescue shaft, or another Chilean earthquake while the rescue operation is happening. This is high drama!
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It is a joy to see the happy faces of the bystanders, and especially the brave and lovely women who have been waiting- and for a long time, not even knowing whether the miners were dead or alive.
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OK - 3 miners to go, and then the rescuers. This is just so riveting and so hoping everyone gets out safely really soon!
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I almost missed the watching it live, thanks for the heads up. It's much better watching live than seeing the news coverage.

I wonder why they needed so many rescuers sent down (why more than one)?
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