Days out: Chilean miners capsule at London Science Museum

10:29 11 February 2012

Science Museum conservator Kristin Hussey stands inside the Chilean rescue capsule - Fénix 2, which goes on show to the public at the Science Museum in London (PA)

Science Museum conservator Kristin Hussey stands inside the Chilean rescue capsule - Fénix 2, which goes on show to the public at the Science Museum in London (PA)

The capsule which brought 33 trapped Chilean miners up from deep underground in a stunning rescue, is on display on London.

The piece of rescue equipment has gone on display at the Science Museum in London.

It was at the centre of the drama in San Jose which gripped the world – which wondered was it possible all the men could be saved?

In a tale of hope which attracted worldwide attention, they survived for 69 days 700 metres below the surface at the bottom of a mine.

The 3.9m steel capsule, known as Fenix 2, is just 54cm wide and is painted in the colours of the Chilean flag.

Science Museum contemporary science manager Katrina Nilsson said: “We’re honoured to display the Chilean rescue capsule at the Science Museum - it’s an icon of the unprecedented rescue mission of the 33 miners.

“I’m sure we can all remember the moment when the first miner was pulled to the surface after being trapped for almost 10 weeks.

“By showing the capsule at the museum, we hope to draw attention to the technical and engineering challenges that the rescue team tackled during this extraordinary operation.”

The capsule, which weighs 460kg, was built by Chilean Navy engineers and is one of five created for the rescue mission.

The display at the Kensington-based museum will open to the public tomorrow and will remain there until May 13.

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