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NASA Astronaut Aboard Station Shares Thoughts on Miners’ Rescue
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock offered congratulations on behalf of he and his crew for the operation underway to rescue the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped in the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, for the past 10 weeks. The audio only message was downlinked at 3:55 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13 as the station flew 225 statute miles over Africa.

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Doug Wheelock
International Space Station Expedition 25 Commander

Clip 1 - Doug Wheelock: "Ok - Good evening Houston. This is the International Space Station. Doug Wheelock aboard, along with my crewmates Scott Kelly and Shannon Walker, and our Russian Cosmonaut crewmates Fyodor Yurchikhin, Sasha Kaleri, and Oleg Skripochka. And we wanted to just let the good folks in Chile know that we've been pulling [inaudible] [and] just recently heard the exciting news of the rescue of the miners and we think that almost all of them are back at the surface now or a good number of them and we wanted to pass along from outer space our congratulations to the heroes both above and below the ground through this whole crisis. And we just wanted to pass along our best wishes and let you know that we are so happy to hear of the rescue and we want to congratulate all the miners for their perseverance and their faith in their friends and coworkers that were struggling so many days and so many nights to get them back to safety. From outer space we just wanted to let you know how proud we are of you and how much we admire your courage and tenacity. To all those who made the rescue happen -- congratulations and well done. Godspeed to everyone. It's truly an answer to a prayer . You've been in our thoughts over the last several months and several weeks and congratulations."
Mission Control: "Thanks for the great words, Wheels. They'll be greatly appreciated."
Doug Wheelock: "Thanks a lot [inaudible] and thanks flight."
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