August 30th, 2010
04:43 PM ET

This week's plans for Chilean mine rescue effort

Officials overseeing the rescue of 33 miners who've been trapped in a Chilean mine for more than three weeks plan to start a four-month drilling effort to reach the men.

The drilling operation at the San Jose mine was delayed Monday morning as rescuers waited for a power unit to arrive from Germany. The drilling of the rescue shaft is now expected to start in Monday afternoon or evening.

The miners have been stuck in the mine since an August 5 cave-in and are surviving in a shelter on food, water and other supplies funneled to them through three bore holes, each about 4 inches in diameter. Here’s what is scheduled for the rest of this week.

TUESDAY – The miners are due to send a new video greeting to families. The video is expected to show the 33 in better health and improved conditions.

TUESDAY – A four-person team from NASA is due to arrive in the Chilean capital, Santiago. A doctor, a psychologist, a nutritionist and a logistics engineer are making the trip.

WEDNESDAY MORNING – The miners are expected to get sandwiches, hummus and hot food. This will be the first time they will get solid food sent to them since the mine cave-in. Until now, the rescue workers have been sending the miners liquid nutrition.

WEDNESDAY – The NASA team is due to arrive at San Jose mine in northern Chile. The team is expected to apply its techniques for keeping astronauts healthy in outer space to the 33 miners, who are in a shelter 2,300 feet (700 meters) underground.

WEDNESDAY – Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich is due to return to the San Jose mine after a trip to Santiago to inform President Sebastian Pinera of the rescue operation’s progress.

FRIDAY – The NASA team is due to go back to Houston, Texas.

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  1. meow

    Send each of them a laptop with wires leading through the holes and have them all install Team Fortress 2. Time will zip by for them and they'll be out before they know it!

    August 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Iuseyamahasfortraction

    I don't see a lot of digging, timber work or drilling on the schedule. What is the hold up? How about a faster bigger drill rig? How about help with logistics? How about taking some loaders and mine trucks and shoring materials and digging out the mine entrance?

    August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Theresa Burgess

    Please just HURRY and get them out

    August 31, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Angela rivera

    This is to show you the human strength unwavering faith that these brave miners have.we should be inspired by the incredible will these men have

    August 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mars u.s.a

    Please get them out sooner

    September 1, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stanley Kerns

    Does anyone know why they can't attack the cave in and reopen the tunnel? They could use much larger equipment.

    September 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |