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Emergency Mine Rescue
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Trapped under nearly a half-mile of solid rock in a collapsed mine in Chile's remote Atacama desert, 33 miners fight for survival, battling 95 degree heat, near-total darkness, and-most dangerous of all-the risk of losing all hope of rescue. NOVA chronicles the miners' 69-day ordeal and the heroic work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring the trapped miners safely to the surface. With special access to the site of the San Jose mine and interviews with the mining engineers and the miners' steadfast families, "Emergency Mine Rescue" reveals the stories of the three rescue teams, racing against time-and each other-to punch through the layers of rock and reach the miners' chamber. Using footage from "Camp Hope," the tent city where miners' families kept vigil waiting for news of their loved ones, and animations of the underground tunnels carved out by a century of mining, NOVA's "Emergency Mine Rescue" reveals the extraordinary feats of engineering that finally brought the miners to the surface, leading up to their astonishing rescue in a custom-made capsule barely 21 inches wide...

Produced by Pioneer Productions for NOVA in association with Channel 4

© 2010 Pioneer Film and Television Productions Limited and WGBH Educational Foundation



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