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‚Äôs what is scheduled for the rest of this week.
TUESDAY ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs progress.
FRIDAY ‚Äď The NASA team is due to go back to Houston, Texas.