Developing: Rescue Operation for Chilean Miners
Updated 12:10 a.m. ET
The second miner, Mario Sepulveda, reaches the surface with a broad smile. He hugs Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and chants excitedly with the crowd. Thirty-one miners await rescue.
Updated 11:44 p.m. ET
The torpedo-shaped cage with the next rescuer lands in the mine. The second miner, Mario Sepulveda, prepares to make the half-mile journey to the surface.
Updated 11:26 p.m. ET
The next rescuer, Robert Rios Seguel, heads down into the mine. When the trapped miners are lifted to the surface, they will each be brought to an on-site medical facility for an evaluation.
Here's video of the first rescued miner's arrival on the surface:
Updated 11:11 p.m. ET
Sirens blare and the crowd around the San Jose mine shouts and waves Chilean flags as the rescue pod carrying the first miner, Florencio Avalos, comes into view. He steps out of the capsule and hugs and kisses his family.
Updated 10:55 p.m. ET
The first miner, Florencio Avalos, enters the capsule and begins his ride to the surface.
Updated 10:36 p.m. ET
A video camera in the cave where the 33 miners have been trapped for 69 days captures images of the capsule touching down in the mine. The men greet Manuel Gonzalez with hugs.
Updated 10:30 p.m. ET
Cheers and clapping accompany the spinning wheel on the winch system that lowers the first rescuer into the mine. Florencio Avalos will be the first miner brought to the surface.
Updated 10:19 p.m. ET
Manuel Gonzalez, the first rescuer to be lowered to the miners, enters the capsule with a trio of oxygen tanks. Fellow rescue workers wish him luck and tell him to imagine he is at the beach.
Updated 10:15 p.m. ET
Here's video of Jeffrey Brown's interview with the Washington Post's Jonathan Franklin, which was done at 9:30 p.m. ET for the West Coast edition of the NewsHour.
Updated 10 p.m. ET
Gathered at the mine site, awaiting the men's safe ascent are crowds of journalists, families, construction workers, advisers from NASA, and other miners, said Jonathan Franklin of the Washington Post on Tuesday's NewsHour.
"This was an SOS to the world mining community, and they responded," he said.
The BBC is reporting that the first rescuer to descend into the mine is Manuel Gonzalez, who has 20 years of mining experience and 12 in mine rescues.
Updated 9:56 p.m. ET
MSNBC is reporting that there is some trouble with the door of the escape pod, so the rescuers are taking extra precautions to make sure it won't delay the evacuations.
Updated 9:44 p.m. ET
Jonathan Franklin of the Washington Post, reporting from the scene of the mine, told the NewsHour late Tuesday that after the capsule is adjusted and tested, a rescue worker will be lowered into the hole. Within two hours, the first miner's head should emerge, he said.
Some of the miners might have to be sedated, depending on their condition, Franklin said. The shaft leading to the miners does not go straight down, he added. "This is more like a roller coaster. It has more than a dozen curves. It's not like an elevator."
The miners didn't sleep much last night, and they asked for more than the usual amount of cigarettes today, reported Franklin.
The capsule will travel about 3 feet per second down the chute, or up to 10 feet per second if the miner runs into trouble, according to Reuters. The capsule has escape hatches in case it gets lodged in the tunnel.
Updated 9:37 p.m. ET
It will be a tricky ride up the rescue shaft for the miners. NASA provided a high-calorie liquid to help combat the nausea miners may experience as they twist their way through the nearly 2,050 foot-long shaft. The graphic at right offers more detail on the journey ahead for the miners.
Updated 9:15 p.m. ET
There are still several tests to be done before any miners step foot in the escape pod.
Here's more from the AP:
A mine rescue expert will be lowered in the capsule and raised again to test it, and then that rescuer and a Navy special forces paramedic will be lowered to the men to prepare them for the trip. Only then can the first miner be pulled to safety. It is expected to take as many as 36 hours for the last miner to be rescued.
Mining Minister Golborne said he hopes the first miner will arrive "before the day ends."
Updated 8:59 p.m. ET
From the AP: Rescuers had to make last minute adjustments to the system that will enable communications between the miners and the surface during the rescue operation.
More background to help understand the task at hand: BBC News has an animated slideshow that explains how the men would be brought to the surface.
Updated 8:57 p.m. ET
More from the social media front: TweetBeat has a landing page that is collecting tweets on the miner rescue and a live UStream feed of events.
Updated 8:42 p.m. ET
Media coverage of the Chilean rescue operation is happening far and wide tonight. NYT has this roundup of who's covering what. For how long? That remains to be seen.
As one might imagine, there's no shortage of reporters on the scene. The Guardian posted this dispatch on the jostle for space today.
Updated 8:34 p.m. ET
The engineering team at the Chile mine site is lowering the capsule into the escape tunnel for a test run.
Updated 7:49 p.m. ET
So who are the 33 trapped Chilean men? NPR has posted this graphic, which includes a breakdown of who the miners are.
And the New York Times is updating this graphic of the men as news emerges of which ones are rescued.
Updated 7:42 p.m. ET
Posted 6:45 p.m. ET
The final stage of a months-long rescue mission to free 33 Chilean miners will begin Tuesday night as they are shuttled to the surface in a narrow steel capsule one-by-one.
The miners have been trapped in an emergency shelter space about 2,050 feet below the surface since Aug. 5, after a collapse in the gold mine they were working in located in the northern Atacama Desert.
We talk to Jonathan Franklin of the Washington Post on Tuesday's NewsHour. He's reporting that the first miners are expected to start emerging around 9 p.m. ET.
The rescue capsule, which will travel through a narrow shaft that was drilled from the surface, measures just slightly wider than a human's shoulders. Dubbed "Phoenix" by rescue workers, the capsule was successfully tested Monday and is equipped with oxygen masks and escape hatches in case the rescue hits an obstacle.
Watch Mining Minister Laurence Golborne describe how rescuers will help bring the miners to the surface.
Each ride up is expected to take about 20 minutes, and authorities expect they will be able to haul up roughly one miner an hour, the AP reports.
Churches across Chile are prepared to ring their bells in celebration when the first miner is extracted, on the request of President Sebastian Pinera.
PBS' NOVA has been on the ground at the San José mine since Sept. 5 and has been blogging regularly as they shoot a documentary on the rescue that will air within weeks.