NASA Helps Chile’s Miners, Along With Movies, Prozac, But No Cigs

August 27, 2010

(ChattahBox)— Thirty-three Chilean miners trapped half a mile underground, are facing months confined to a small 600-square-foot chamber and connecting tunnels, before they can be rescued. As the world watches, Chile is pulling out all the stops to make the miners’ situation bearable, with movies, notes from loved ones, and even Antidepressants. Government health officials have even consulted with NASA experts, on how to help the trapped miners cope with being confined to a small space for a long period of time. And special empanadas are being prepared that would easily slide down a small borehole, which is the only way to reach the miners.

The miners have become national heroes, after they were unexpectedly found alive after a Aug. 5 cave-in of the gold and copper mine. Psychologists, family members and soon NASA officials, are being made available to help the miners survive without going crazy.

“The government has consulted NASA about the extreme isolation of space. Chilean Navy officers have come to discuss the emotional stress of living in a submarine. Doctors stand at the ready with antidepressants. Even a tiny home theater is being funneled down in plastic tubes to occupy the 33 miners stuck in their subterranean home.”

NASA officials, already versed in helping astronauts cope with isolation in confined spaces, will advise the rescue team on a survival program.

“Government officials said they held a teleconference on Wednesday afternoon with five NASA specialists, among them doctors who put astronauts through tests that simulate the grueling isolation of a voyage to Mars. Dr. Jaime Mañalich, the health minister, said he had urged NASA to send a team to “monitor what we are doing here” and announced Thursday that three or four NASA specialists would arrive in Chile next week to assist medical officials with the miners.”

But NASA can’t help with the miners’ nicotine addiction. Instead of cigarettes, government officials are supplying them with nicotine gum instead.

Photo Source: NASA


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