NASA Audio File

NASA Provides Assistance to Trapped Chilean Miners
08.30.10
 
Dr. Michael Duncan, NASA/Johnson Space Center Deputy Chief Medical Officer, talks about NASA's assistance to trapped miners in Chile.

TRT: 2:59
Super: NASA
Center Contact: Bill Jeffs, 281-483-5111
HQ Contact: Michael Curie, 202-358-1100

Dr. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Cut 1 - 00:31 - “NASA is providing advice, the Chileans are very well organized.  They have a lot of resources at their disposal they have done a lot for the miners, in fact the miners have done a lot for themselves underground to show the will to survive to organize themselves to be able to survive this long.  So our plan is go down and provide the advice the Chileans have requested in the area of nutritional support and behavioral health support.”  
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Dr. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Cut 2 -00:16 -“We are traveling next week We have a team of four individuals including myself.  That team consists of two physicians, one psychologists and one engineer.”
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Dr. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Cut 3 - 00:22 - “NASA’s had a long experience in dealing with isolated environments in particular currently on the space station. We train and plan contingencies for emergencies and we have experience in other analog environments undersea environments and we had some dealings with our Antarctic analog as well. “
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Dr. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Cut 4 - 00:24 - “The environment may well be different but the human response in both physiology and behavior…responses to emergencies is quite similar.  So we think that some of the things that we’ve learned either in research or in operations can be applicable to the miners that are trapped underground. “
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Dr. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Cut 5 - 00:26 - “But you know, the Chileans are very well organized down there in the contacts that we’ve had.  They have a lot of resources at their disposal – they’ve not asked us for any specific resources other than the advice that we might have learned either through our research or our operational dealings in spaceflight.  It’s an opportunity for us to bring the space flight experience back down to the ground and utilize for people here on Earth. “
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