Photo Gallery: Chile Mine Rescue

  • Esteban Rojas, 44, prays after being rescued from the San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile, on Wednesday. Rojas is one of 33 miners who have been trapped a half a mile below ground since the Aug.5 collapse of the mine.
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    Esteban Rojas, 44, prays after being rescued from the San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile, on Wednesday. Rojas is one of 33 miners who have been trapped a half a mile below ground since the Aug.5 collapse of the mine.
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  • Relatives of miners Victor Zamora and Carlos Barrios cheer after they were pulled out of the mine. The miners ascended to the surface like clockwork at a rate of one or two an hour.
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    Relatives of miners Victor Zamora and Carlos Barrios cheer after they were pulled out of the mine. The miners ascended to the surface like clockwork at a rate of one or two an hour.
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  • Jorge Galleguillos gives the thumbs up upon surfacing from the mine. The entire operation was meticulously choreographed, with no expense spared in bringing in topflight drillers and equipment — and drilling three separate holes into the copper and gold mine.
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    Jorge Galleguillos gives the thumbs up upon surfacing from the mine. The entire operation was meticulously choreographed, with no expense spared in bringing in topflight drillers and equipment — and drilling three separate holes into the copper and gold mine.
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  • Galleguillos is transported to the field hospital where he'll spend 48 hours under medical observation.
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    Galleguillos is transported to the field hospital where he'll spend 48 hours under medical observation.
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  • Relatives and friends of rescued miner Mario Gomez react while watching his rescue on a TV screen at the relatives camp.
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    Relatives and friends of rescued miner Mario Gomez react while watching his rescue on a TV screen at the relatives camp.
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  • Miner Alex Vega waves upon surfacing from the mine. The men have become national heroes in Chile.
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    Miner Alex Vega waves upon surfacing from the mine. The men have become national heroes in Chile.
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  • Miner Jose Ojeda gets out of the he missile-like "Phoenix" rescue capsule.
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    Miner Jose Ojeda gets out of the he missile-like "Phoenix" rescue capsule.
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  • Juan Illanes celebrates his rescue.
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    Juan Illanes celebrates his rescue.
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  • People celebrate as they watch the miners emerge safely to the surface.
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    People celebrate as they watch the miners emerge safely to the surface.
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  • Chilean President Sebastian Pinera hugs the second rescued miner, Mario Sepulveda, after Sepulveda reaches the surface. Pinera has been deeply involved in the rescue, which had become a matter of national pride.
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    Chilean President Sebastian Pinera hugs the second rescued miner, Mario Sepulveda, after Sepulveda reaches the surface. Pinera has been deeply involved in the rescue, which had become a matter of national pride.
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  • Elvira Valdivia (right) anxiously waits for her husband, Mario Sepulveda.
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    Elvira Valdivia (right) anxiously waits for her husband, Mario Sepulveda.
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  • Relatives and friends celebrate while watching the rescue of Florencio Avalos on a television screen outside the mine.
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    Relatives and friends celebrate while watching the rescue of Florencio Avalos on a television screen outside the mine.
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  • At 12:11 a.m. local time, the first miner, Florencio Avalos, emerged from the mine. In a din of cheers, he hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son and wife.
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    At 12:11 a.m. local time, the first miner, Florencio Avalos, emerged from the mine. In a din of cheers, he hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son and wife.
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  • President Pinera embraces Avalos after his rescue.
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    President Pinera embraces Avalos after his rescue.
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  • A boy watches the rescue operations. Jubilant bystanders chanted, "Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!"
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    A boy watches the rescue operations. Jubilant bystanders chanted, "Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!"
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  • In this screen grab taken from video inside the mine, rescuer Manuel Gonzalez Pavez (second from left) is greeted by the trapped miners.
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    In this screen grab taken from video inside the mine, rescuer Manuel Gonzalez Pavez (second from left) is greeted by the trapped miners.
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  • Rescue workers and officials test the capsule that will be used to extract the miners.
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    Rescue workers and officials test the capsule that will be used to extract the miners.
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  • President Pinera (seated bottom right holding hard hat) meets with relatives of the trapped miners before rescue operations began Tuesday night.
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    President Pinera (seated bottom right holding hard hat) meets with relatives of the trapped miners before rescue operations began Tuesday night.
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Photo gallery: The rescue of 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground since Aug. 5.

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