A NASA team sent to Chile to aid miners trapped at the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo held a news conference on Sept. 7 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. During the briefing, broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website, the group answered questions and talked with reporters about their efforts to help the 33 miners who have been trapped since August 5.
Team members are applying their knowledge of helping astronauts many miles above the earth's surface to this situation. The group includes Dr. Michael Duncan, deputy chief medical officer in the Space Life Sciences Directorate at Johnson, physician James Polk and psychologist Albert Holland from Johnson; and Clint Cragg, principal engineer with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center located at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
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Dr. Michael Duncan Deputy Chief Medical Officer Space Life Sciences Directorate, Johnson Space Center
(:21) NASA’s input into the rescue effort for the miners…that input was primarily related to medical aspects, behavioral health support, also looking at areas in sanitation and hygiene. And most importantly – or as importantly – nutritional support of the miners. › Play Now
Al Holland Psychologist, JSC
(:14) They’ve taken responsibility for their own fate. These are all very positive signs and by the time the rescuers did locate them seventeen days into their own confinement they were still doing well.
(:15) The top-side people found that they were doing an excellent job of supporting the miners and the miners’ families and we were able to have some discussions with our counterparts – in my case the coordinating psychologist down there. › Play Now
Dr. James Polk Physician, JSC
(:14)There are specific intricacies both in re-feeding people who have been starving as well as rescuing people from this location and they have given a great deal of thought to each one of these facets. › Play Now
(:12) They were very receptive of our recommendations and our consultation. But it, was very much colleague-to- colleague and the operation itself is very impressive.