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Efforts to free 33 trapped miners in Chile received a boost Friday with the arrival of equipment that can bore almost a kilometre below ground. The new machinery will help them create an escape route.
Earlier in the week, the first video was released showing the trapped men stripped down to the waist and in good spirits, arm-in-arm, singing the national anthem.
Camping just outside the entrance to the mine, those waiting for the miners' return say they are elated after seeing their loved ones - and the men appear to be in better shape than thought.
A four-member team from NASA will travel to Chile early next week to offer advice and guidance.
DR. Michael Duncan, Johnson Space Center, said, "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, and, in fact, the miners have done a lot for themselves underground to show the will to survive and to organize themselves to be able to survive this long. So, our plan is to go down and provide the advice the Chileans requested in the areas of nutritional support and behavioral health support."
Late Friday, family members recorded their own messages for their trapped loved ones.
The videos will be sent down in capsules to provide hope to the miners as they cope with their ordeal.
By early next week, a permanent phone line will be established so they can talk with their families. By then, work should have begun on their escape tunnel.