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Drill breaks through to Chile's trapped miners

Rescue operation to save 33 miners, trapped for more than two months in a collapsed copper mine, reaches the final stages.

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Chilean miners closer to freedom with rescue tunnel complete
Article | SAN JOSE MINE, CHILE - Chilean rescue workers on Saturday morning completed a tunnel 699 yards deep into a collapsed mine where 33 miners have spent the past two months trapped underground.
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In weeks before rescuers made contact, miners struggled with despair
Article | SAN JOSE MINE, CHILE - When the world came crashing down, Richard Villarroel thought he would be entombed forever, with little chance that rescuers would ever reach him in a dark chamber 2,050 feet under the Atacama Desert.
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Space crisis offers parallel to Chilean miners' situation
Article | Jerry Linenger was the only American on the Mir space station in 1997 when a small fire caused a crisis that left him isolated in space for four months with two Russian astronauts. Cut off from his family and facing a lot of stress, Linenger endured a period of uncertainty that provides a good pa...
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Mine foreman keeps trapped crew on task in Chile
Article | Luis Urzua went to work as a shift foreman at the San Jose gold and copper mine here in northern Chile on Aug. 5. A month later, the steely 54-year-old has yet to relinquish his command, pivoting to the challenge of organizing the increasingly sophisticated existence of 33 men facing long-term entra
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NASA helping in historic rescue of trapped Chilean miners
Article | COPIAPO, CHILE - As 33 Chilean miners entered their fourth week trapped in a collapsed mine, experts from around the world gathered on this remote hillside to attempt what all consider a historic rescue operation.
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As rescue nears, trapped Chilean miners prepare to deal with media spotlight
Article | IN SANTIAGO, CHILE The 33 men who have been trapped in a Chilean mine for the past six weeks are preparing for a new odyssey: confronting sudden celebrity.

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