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Is anyone watching the live coverage of the Chilean miners rescue?

Asked by xxii (3316 points ) October 12th, 2010

Just thought I’d ask. I’m watching anxiously for the first miner to be rescued right now. I can’t imagine how they, their families and their friends must be feeling.

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toaster's avatar

No but dang i need the link!

toaster's avatar

Amazing, I love those Chileans and I love the universality of the internet. ;)

ETpro's avatar

Even as we speak. The capsule just reached the men and the first rescuer stepped out. What a joyous sight. IO doubt there is a miner anywhere on Earth with dry eyes right now.

AmWiser's avatar

I’m waiting for the TV network to break in during regularly scheduled programming to bring live coverage of the first man to be brought out. But now thanks to @xxii I can watch it on the internet.:-)

xxii's avatar

Here’s another link, in case the first isn’t watching: http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream1

@toaster – I know, I can’t believe it. Right now, I’m watching the live stream of a rescue mission in Chile, while discussing it on Fluther and talking to my dad in Singapore about it.

Cruiser's avatar

Yep and tears in my eyes as those poor trapped miners and the hundreds of other people involved here is what humanity is all about. NOBODY ever gave up!!! How F’n awesome!! YAY!!

toaster's avatar

@xxii It is truely amazing! ..Thanks for the streaming, the last one was breaking up.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Thanks for the links. I am now.

Cruiser's avatar

Watching that first guy lift off was like watching us land on the moon…..WOW! Any minute now…..

Seek's avatar

Thanks for the link. I need something to distract me from the fact that the Rays just threw away the Postseason.

Seek's avatar

Wow… this is so awesome.

He’s out!

AmWiser's avatar

It’s news like this and especially being able to watch it that bring tears to my eyes. He’s up, the first man is out. Yayyyy! sniffle, sniffle

Seek's avatar

Oh, gods… I’m crying. That little boy just ran up…

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Oh man, I couldn’t have held back those tears if I wanted to. Bravo.

Cruiser's avatar

YAY!!! Hugs and kisses from his kids!! How Awesome!!

hug_of_war's avatar

that was extraordinary

CyanoticWasp's avatar

That’s one small lift for a mine, one big lift for mine-kind.

With apologies to Neil Armstrong… and better editing.

xxii's avatar

Excellent.

Seek's avatar

I’m confused – does the lift fit two people? Because it does look really tiny

WestRiverrat's avatar

Not watching it. It really isn’t that interesting to watch IMO. If it was me I wouldn’t want the whole world watching, so I will show them the same consideration I would like.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

One rider to a car, @Seek_Kolinahr. That’s why they each had to be sure to lose enough weight / mass to fit inside the 23” cylinder. (It’s not an overly hard fit. I can fit into an 18” manway in a boiler, and I’m no kid.)

toaster's avatar

@WestRiverrat I did catch glimpses of the negative vibes of a media exploit, especially with our reports of coal miners dying in this country. I just focused on the optimism of the related families/friends in the chilean tradition of guitar strumming and steaks cooking, which I’m sure was an incomprehensible joy for those reaching the surface, living with artificial sunlight and resting their heads on a layer of rock floating over hot mantle. Just purely devoid of a human feel.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Watching the President speak earlier reminded me of

The Six Stages of a Project

1. Enthusiasm
2. Disillusionment
3. Panic
4. Search for the guilty
5. Punishment of the innocent
6. Praise and honors for the non-participants

augustlan's avatar

I live in West Virginia, where mining accidents take many lives. This is so awesome. Thanks for sharing the link!

toaster's avatar

@augustlan Yes there is, unfortunately, but that is just the unpredictability of coal associated geology usually being Marcellus shale which consist of many fractured geologic seams and opposed to what is essentially granitoid (very hard igneous derived rock) rock and other strong metamorphosed rocks(Chile).
But this is an industry that is demanded for our unreal energy consumption, and, although it lacks the image of the old-style textbook mining images, its more mountain top removal and other ore stripping techniques. These techniques, while indirectly causing less fatalities, creates tailing ponds and deposits of hazardous sediments that contaminate water supplies.

toaster's avatar

*marcellus shale= anthracitic coal. Basically, the highest carbon content coal mined in the world comes from Pennsylvania.

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